Department of Community Medicine

Faculty of Medicine

Academic Programme

Undergraduate training programme
  • The course in Community Medicine conducted during the 5th to 10th terms of the medical curriculum consists of

    • Formal lectures
    • Discussions
    • Clerkship programme
    • Family study programme
    • Tutorials

    The course consists of a total of about 90, 1½  hour lectures on demography, health and social services, environmental health, basic and applied epidemiology and research methodology, communicable and non-communicable diseases, nutrition, maternal and child health, statistics and occupational health

Biochemistry Subject Test
At the end of the year 02, optional merit examination for anatomy is available. Distinctions for Biochemistry are awarded based on this examination.
The Clerkship programme
  • This include visits to the
    • Kandy Municipal area Refuse and sewage disposal
    • Field Maternal & Child care clinics
    • School medical inspections
    • Rehabilitation Centre for the disabled
    • Food sanitation and Eating Houses
    • Municipal Slaughter House
    • General Practitioner
    • Medical Registrar
    • Family Health Workers and Public Health Midwife
    • Public health inspectors
    • Community dental practise
    • Water purification centre
    • Deaf and Blind school
    • Office of the regional Medical Officer of Health

    in batches of about 30 students each. This programme commence during the 5th term for a period of 4 weeks.

Family Study Programme:

Students in batches of 03 - 04 are assigned a suitable family for follow up for a period of 1 year, usually a family with a pregnant mother, an infant or a preschool child. They have to conduct regular fortnightly visits to the family, where their health, social, economical and environmental problems have to be identified and relevant solutions and advice have to be provided. At the end of the year, the proceedings are presented and discussed at seminars. Students are expected to submit a report and  a short viva  is conducted at the end of the course, which would carry 15% of the final marks of the 3rd MBBS Community Medicine examination .

Tutorials are conducted during the 10th term incorporating all the subject areas which have been covered, where the students and the staff members have discussions on the problems that arise from that area of study. 

Evaluations in Demography and Statistics and Public Health Practice are conducted during  their 9th and 10th terms. Each of these evaluations will carry a component of the final marks of the 3rd MBBS community medicine examination