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Department of Community Medicine - Teaching/Learning Activities

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS                                   

The Community Medicine curriculum includes Epidemiology, Demography, Biostatistics, Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, Health Promotion and Study of the Healthcare System; for which the student is exposed to the following TLAs:

  • Lectures (100 contact hours)
  • Tutorials / Small Group Discussions / Student Seminars/ Assignments (50 contact hours)
  • Clerkship / Fieldworks (4 weeks duration in the 6/7 semester – 100 contact hours)***
  • Conducting a Research (7th to 8th semester – 50 contact hours)

Total Credit values to be obtained = 14 (Faculty based learning - 10 & experience-based learning – 4)


*** During the Clerkship / Fieldworks students will be attached to the MOH Office Ratnapura. They are expected to visit and observe /participate in the delivery of services by the Medical Officer of Health and other public health staff (viz. PHI, PHNS, PHM, etc.). They are also expected to visit and observe the following places:

  • Office of the Regional Director of Health Services – Ratnapura
  • An Antenatal Clinic
  • A Child Welfare / Well Baby Clinic
  • A Divisional Hospital
  • A school on the day of School Medical Inspection
  • A tea/ rubber estate
  • A factory
  • A food outlet (with MOH / PHII)
  • An Elderly Home / Orphanage
  • The Infection Control Unit of TH Ratnapura
  • The Water Purification Plant & Sewerage Treatment Facility at Ratnapura MC
  • The Sinharaja Forest (to identify environmental health issues)