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Department of Community Medicine

The department of Community Medicine started in the year 1996. The department handled courses for MBBS and Nursing. The functioning of Urban Health Training Centre (UHTC) & Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC) are under the control of this department. Several research projects related to community health have been done by the department in the past and many are currently in progress.


To be recognized for innovative education, research and clinical care resulting in better health and healthcare locally and globally.

  • Short term Vision : To enhance health & primary care for our communities, emphasizing rural & underserved areas.
  • Long term Vision : To create and impart knowledge and skill, providing services that will improve human health and well being.


To improve the health and health care of current and future generations through excellence and innovation in education, research and clinical care.


Values We Cherish

  • Excellence and innovation in all aspects of our mandate.
  • Leadership – local, regional, national and global
  • Integrity, respect and caring as the hallmark of our interactions
  • Collaboration, collegiality and teamwork in our approach to teaching, research and patient care
  • Partnership, which underpins the basis of our relationships with the organizations and communities we serve
  • Transparency and public accountability in our decision-making
  • Evaluation and continuous improvement of all we do

Students are trained in a way that they are:

  • Aware of the physical, social, psychological, economic and environment aspect of health and disease.
  • Able to apply the clinical skills to recognise and manage common health problems including their physical, emotional and social aspects at the individual and family levels and deal with medical emergencies at the community level.
  • Able to define and manage the health problems of the community he / she serves. To achieve this, he / she shall learn to :
  • Able to organise   elementary   epidemiological   studies   to   assess   the   health problems in the area. For this he should be able to design a study, collect data,  analyse it with statistical tests,  make a report and be able to participate in a health information system.
  • Prioritise the most important problems and help formulate a plan of action to manage them under National Health Programme guidelines including population control and family welfare programme. He should be able to assess and allocate resources, implement and evaluate the programmes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of organising prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Organise health care services for special groups like mothers, infants, under-five children and school children.
  • Organise health care in case of calamities.
  • Able to work as an effective member of the health team.
  • Able to coordinate with and supervise other members of the health team and maintain liaison with other agencies.
  • Able to plan and implement health education programmes. Able to perform administrative functions of health centres.
  • Able to promote community participation especially in areas of disease control, health education and implementation of national programmes.
  • Aware of the national priorities and the goals to be achieved to implement primary health care.

Avenues for students' training

1. In Department

2. Urban Health Training Centre, Karaikal

3. Rural Health Training Centre, Vizhuthiyur

4. RHTC, Serumavalangai

5. Primary Health Centre, Karaikalmedu

6. At Orphanage

7. At Anganwadi

8. At Meteorology Department

9. At Old Age Home

10. Visit to Water Purification Plant

11. At Dairy Processing Plant

12. At Industrial Training

13. Continuing Medical Education (CME)


15. Students Quiz Programe

Environment & Eco-Friendliness

Salient Features

  • Environmental science is being taught to 1st  year students itself (as per UGC norms) approved by VMU and University exam is being conducted in 1st year.
  • Students are advised to plant trees as per their completed years (eg. 21 years = 21 trees) as a ecological measure to impart the environmental idea / knowledge during their college days. 
  • Trees and plants are being sponsored by staff of Community Medicine Department.

Sapling Planting Photos

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