Community Medicine Curriculum

Intended Learning Outcomes

After completing the Community Medicine course, students will be able to, 

  1. Appraise health promotion, disease prevention and public health as major components of health and to appraise the role of public health in providing individual healthcare. 
  2. Apply appropriate statistical techniques for presentation, analysis and interpretation of health data and to critically appraise the statistical analysis in the medical literature.
  3. Identify the demographic changes in the community by accessing the demographic data sources and to critically evaluate the causal factors and implications of such changes pertaining to human health.
  4. Describe the basic concepts of maternal and child health, promote MCH through practical application of these concepts and to evaluate the current national family health programme of Sri Lanka.  
  5. Describe the distribution and determinants of health related events in a community by using appropriate epidemiological measures, explain basic concepts of causation and to critically appraise the epidemiological methods used in the scientific literature.             
  6. Explain the epidemiology of common communicable diseases in the global and local context and to apply the knowledge in controlling and preventing the communicable diseases in the community in parallel with the public health system.
  7. Explain the epidemiology of common non communicable diseases in the global and local context and to apply the knowledge in controlling and preventing the non communicable diseases in the community by addressing the modifiable and non modifiable risk factors in the context of the national programme
  8. Explain nutrition related problems in the community/ individuals by conducting appropriate nutritional assessment methods and/or by interpreting secondary data to formulate appropriate strategies to address immediate, underlying and basic causative factors in parallel with the public health policy context.
  9. Apply the basic concepts in occupational health to promote health in working places and to prevent common hazard at work settings. 
  10. Recognize the environmental health issues at household and community levels and to formulate appropriate environmental friendly interventions. 
  11. Access and appraise scientific information, design and carry out simple epidemiological research by identifying gaps in scientific literature and present the findings of the research in a scientific format. 
  12. Promote health of individuals and families focusing on priority health needs and health related problems at individual/family level considering the given social, cultural, economic and demographic context.

Modules

CMD 3111Demography
CMD 3121Introduction to Biostatistics
CMD 3212Maternal and Child Health
CMD 3131Basic Epidemiology
CMD 3233Public health/ Community medicine in practice-I (Family Study)
CMD 4121Applied Epidemiology and Communicable diseases 
CMD 4131Non Communicable Disease Epidemiology
CMD 3221Community Nutrition
CMD 3118Research in Medicine 
CMD 4211Occupational and Environmental Health
CMD 4114Public health/ Community medicine in practice-II (Clerkship) 
CMD 4222Public health in practice-III 


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