Department of Preventive & Social Medicine
The department was, initially known as ‘Preventive and Social Medicine department’. Established in 1964; under the headship of Dr Rameshwar Sharma, followed by Dr P.N. Sharma, Dr T. P. Jain, Dr V.N.S. Tomar, Dr M.R. Songra, Dr A.K. Bharadwaj, Dr S.C. Mathur, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Dr Ravindra Manohar and presently headed by Dr Amita Kashyap.
Medical and Nursing students and in service doctors and paramedical staff are trained in Planning, Evaluating, and implementing health in the community with the overall objective of community sensitization and participation for ‘Health for All’.
Epidemiology, Statistics, Health Management including Planning; Monitoring/ Surveillance; and Evaluation, Communication and Leadership and Social Medicine are its basic disciplines.
Presently 250 undergraduates, six postgraduates and six DPH (Diploma in Public Health) students are trained every year by the department and required trainings are conducted of in service doctors and para medical staff.
The department is involved in policy making and strategic decisions at state level and is actively involved in ‘Rapid Response’ to epidemic and ‘Disaster’ situations.
The department is not only pursuing its own research proposals but also an important part of research review board of the institute.