Community Medicine provides comprehensive health services ranging from preventive, promotive, curative to rehabilitation services. Not just of the individual but for the community at large
The broad aims of the rotation are to enable the student to observe and to understand
health problems, the health system, and a population health approach in the context of the community setting. The goals of a population health approach are to maintain and improve the health status of an entire population and to reduce inequities in health status between population groups.
The opportunity for the student to learn more about public health and community
medicine during the rotation occurs in three main ways:
1. Small group teaching before and after the field placement;
2. In the clinical practice of family medicine in a specific community setting;
3. Observing and actively participating in the practice of community medicine through local health units.
The course objectives are
1. Focus on health promotion and disease prevention in the community-based setting and as applied to the patient population.
2. Demonstrate the importance of the environment in relation to human health.
3. Discuss, in general term, the services of local health departments such as:
4. Describe and apply the basic concept of epidemiology and public health
On completion of this course, residents should be able to:
- Identify health problems of the community
- Prioritize health problems
- Identify groups which require special attention (elderly, adolescents, gender the poor and other marginalized groups)
- Set objectives, prepare an action plan, implement programs and monitor, supervise and evaluate them
- Use effectively the tools of epidemiology for understanding disease causation and determinants of diseases
- Conduct epidemiological investigation of communicable, non-communicable and other diseases of public health importance and suggest appropriate solution
AFMC Primer on Population Health A virtual textbook on Public Health concepts for clinicians
سياسة دائرة الطب الوقائي في مكافحة ومراقبة الأمراض السارية
RajVir Bhalwar. Textbook on Public Health and Community Medicine. 2009
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