Graduate research and training

Graduate research

The department graduate research programme has three main arms. Infectious diseases, maternal and child health and mental health/suicide prevention.
In addition, the department of community medicine is a recognized training center for post graduate institute of medicine (PGIM) and the department academics are engaged in research mentoring and supervision in post graduate institute of medicine, post graduate institute of science and many other universities.

Public Health Research Laboratory

Establishment of the Public health research laboratory of the DoCM was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health cooperative agreement, U19AI115658 (Vinetz and Agampodi). This multi-country grant was to investigate the leptospirosis research burden. The research laboratory is equipped with basic and molecular capabilities for infectious disease research.
Laboratory research and diagnostic capacities were further strengthen by the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) Operation of the Ministry of Higher Education, Sri Lanka funded by the World Bank grant in 2019.

Leptospirosis Research Laboratory

As a part of the public health research laboratory, leptospirosis research laboratory is having the most active ongoing research programme. This research also serves as a reference laboratory for the region for leptospirosis diagnosis.

Meet our alumni….

Dr.Manjula Weerasinghe. PhD (2014-17)

Thesis Title: Preventing pesticide suicide by restricting access through vendors- exploratory and pilot studies

Read more about Dr,Manjula’s work…

Dr.Thilini Agampodi. PhD (2013-18)

Thesis Title: Development and Validation of social capital assessment tool related to maternal health for low and middle income countries.

Read more about Dr.Thilini’s work…

Dr.Buddhika Wijerathne. MPhil (2013-18)

Thesis Title: Qualitative and Quantitative Dermatoglyphics of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin in Sri Lanka

Read more about Dr.Buddhika’s work…

Current students

Indika Senewiratna
Chamila Kappagoda
Sujanthi Wickramage
Sajan Praveen
Asitha Mallawaarachchi

Amali Perera
Prabhath Pallewatta
Janith Warnasekara
Dinesha Jayasundara
Shalka Srimantha
Iresha Koralagedara
Imasha Jayasinghe
Ayesh Umeshan Hettiarachchi
Gayani Amarasinghe
Hasara Nuwangi
Sonali Gunasekara

Graduate training

PGIM Trainees (MD)

DCL Wickramaratne 2014 (MD Venereology)
WAND Wickramasinghe 2016 (MD Community Medicine)
HMAH Karunaratne 2016 (MD Venereology)

Masters level supervision and mentoring

Manjula Weerasinghe 2013 (MSc Disaster Management)
GS Amarasinghe 2018 (MSC Community Medicine)
VS Kithmini 2018 (MSc Community Medicine)
WAND Wickramasinghe 2014 (MSc Applied Epidemiology)
Kalum Susitha Liyanage 2018 (MSC Community Medicine)

Department of Community Medicine