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WHAT IS COMMUNITY MEDICINE?
study of health and disease in the population of defined communities or groups
in order to identify their health needs, and to plan, implement, and evaluate
health programs to effectively meet these needs.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE?
Protection and promotion of public health.
COMMUNITY MEDICINE DIFFERS FROM OTHER BRANCHES OF MEDICINE?
Community medicine specialist is a five star doctor. Community medicine reaches
out to the people to provide services for prevention of diseases such as
immunization, pre-natal care, health screening etc. Promotion of health such as
safe water supply and sanitation, vector control measures, tobacco control
policy etc and provision of primary medical care such as treatment of common
ailments like diarrhoea, pneumonia, TB, leprosy, malaria, hypertension etc where
as other branches of medicine largely provide diagnostic and treatment services
to patients who seek treatment.
IS COMMUNITY MEDICINE DIFFERENT FROM PUBLIC HEALTH?
India community medicine is synonymous with what is known as public health in
WHO ARE COMMUNITY MEDICINE SPECIALISTS?
doctors who have MBBS degree and have taken a three year doctor of medicine (MD)
course in community medicine during which they are trained in:
planning and health management
education and health promotion
COMMUNITY MEDICINE SPECIALIST-A FIVE STAR DOCTOR.
A COMMUNITY MEDICINE SPECIALIST.
in depth understanding of determinants of health and disease.
and manages common illnesses and emergencies encountered in the community.
integrated approach to develop policies to meet the health needs of the
individual, family and community.
epidemiological investigations of communicable and non-communicable diseases
and suggests appropriate solutions of public health problems.
investigations into the problem of health services of the community. Plans ,
organizes, implements and evaluates health services and health programs.
records and reports of health services at various levels of health care
research and applies research findings to improve health services of the
teaching and training assignments in the field of community medicine for
various categories of medical and Para-medical personnel.
as an effective member as well as a leader of the health team.
CAREER OPTIONS FOR COMMUNITY MEDICINE SPECIALIST.
in health services or in research organizations.
health officer in the state or in central health services.
health project manager in United Nations, WHO and other NGOs.
officer in medical organizations and pharmaceutical industries.
physician in health care or health maintenance organizations.
in medical colleges and public health schools.
Occupational health officer in industries.
The blocks affiliated to Govt. Medical College,
Jammu under P&SM Department for training of Undergraduates & Post-graduate
students are as under.