91118 Man and his Environment

Course Description

This is an orientation program, focusing on transition, ethics, healthy lifestyle, group support & communication skills; Health Enhancement builds on this, with an introduction to Mind-Body Medicine, Ethics & Medical Law. This course is offered Health, Knowledge and Society involves a series of ‘hypothetical’ scenarios to provide an analysis of the social aspects of medicine. It is also Introduces concepts related to how we protect ourselves, body reaction to external risk factors, the internal melicux & homeostasis. It integrates, through sample patient-centered problems, basic concepts from Biochemistry, Physiology, Anatomy, Pathology and Microbiology. Also this course Introduces students to practical clinical skills, an introduction to communicative and medical interviewing, history taking skills and basic ethical concepts.

Learning Objective

  • At the end of the course the student shall be able to
  • 1. Describe the physical environment inside the home, at the workplace and in the community, and its impact on health and disease.
  • 2. Describe the family environment.
  • 3. Suggest appropriate methods for improving the internal/external environment.
  • 4. Define safe water. Describe the sources of water (tap, hand pump, well).
  • 5. State the criteria (national and WHO) for safe water.
  • 6. Describe appropriate methods for making water safe at the domiciliary level.
  • 7. Describe sources of waste and methods of waste control at individual and community levels.
  • 8. Define air pollution, causes of air pollution and describe appropriate measures of control.
  • 9. Describe the effects of noise and radiation on health.
  • 10. Describe the common vectors of diseases and methods of vector control.
  • 11. Describe the various insecticides that are used for vector control.
  • 12. Describe insecticide resistance.
  • 13. Description of toxic pollution of environment, its medico-legal aspects & toxic hazards of occupation and industry.
  • 14. Description and medico-legal aspects of poisoning in Workman’s Compensation Act.



Times Offered

  • September 2014
  • January 2015