91122 Public Health and Community Medicine

Course Description

Course Description: The community medicine designed to provide students through the principles of epidemiology and primary health care concept and practice. The course emphasizes the primary health domains including: introduction to public health; Basic tools for public health; the individual and public health; individual health , environmental health, mother and child health, disease prevention and health promotion, and community nutrition.
The clinical practical of this course presented simulated case studies to students for discussion and comments, devoted to field practice in community medicine, Field practice demonstration areas are based in selected health centers in Mogadishu and around regions. The students practice data collection, data analysis and data presentation in the form of tables and figures.

Learning Objective

  • At the end of the course the student should be able to:
  • 1. Arrive at community diagnosis of pattern of health and morbidity & utilization of available health care services.
  • 2. Describe the concepts of community health and measures of levels of health.
  • 3. Describe the epidemiological methods.
  • 4. Apply appropriate epidemiological methods to communicable and non-communicable diseases in the hospital and community situations.
  • 5. Use epidemiological tools to make rational decisions relevant at the individual and community levels.
  • 6. Carry out tasks expected of a physician in crass-root community and family seetings.
  • 7. Decoment 10-15 case histories of community and clinical cases or problems of interest.
  • 8. Impement health education plans to improve health of people based on community diagnosis.
  • 9. Select relevant research method in addressing a particular research aim or objective.
  • 10. Describe and use basic bio-statistical methods and Analyse data using relevant statistical test and utilizing computer software progams like SPSS, Epiinfo, Minitab.
  • 11. Select, use and interpret bio-statistical methods to make inferences from hospital/community data.
  • 12. Describe the demographic pattern of the country and its relation to health.
  • 13. Define vital statistics and describe the various methods that are used to collect vital statistics
  • 14. Describe environmental hazards - inside the home, at the workplace and in the community.
  • 15. Suggest feasible methods of environmental control at household and community levels.
  • 16. Describe feasible methods of control of occupational hazards.
  • 17. Plan, collect, analyze, interpret and present data from a hospital/community survey.
  • 18. Describe and analyze the roles of the individuals, family, community and socio-cultural milieu in health and disease.
  • 19. Diagnose and manage maternal and child health problems and advise couples and the community on the family planning methods available.
  • 20. Diagnose and manage common nutritional problems at the individual and community levels.
  • 21. Describe the methods of nutritional assessment in the community.
  • 22. Describe the School Health Programme
  • 23. Describe the health information system in India with reference to the Management Information System.
  • 24. Describe the organization and functions of the health care team at Primary Health Centre, Community Health Centre and District levels.
  • 25. Interact with other members of the health care team and participate in the organization of health care services and implementation of National health



Books for this Course

  • Parks text book of preventive & social medicine - K. Park
  • Kulkarnis text book of preventive & social medicine - Kulkarn
  • Wayne Daniel, Biostatistics: A Foundation for Analysis in the Health Sciences, Eighth Edition, John Wiley, NewYork.
  • Edition, John Wiley, NewYork.
  • Preveaive& community medicine - Clark

Times Offered

  • September 2014
  • January 2015