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Department of Community Medicine - Course Outcomes

At the completion of this course, the students should  be able to:

  1. competent to practice primitive and preventive medicine in respect to the commonly encountered health problems in the community;
  2. able to explain the organization of the health care delivery system and the delivery of health care in Sri Lanka and factors related to equity,equality, and quality in health care provision;
  3. competent to promote and protect health of the following: newborns, infants, preschool children, schoolchildren, adolescents, youth, pregnant mothers, elderly, and differently able;
  4. able to apply the basic epidemiological principles, to communicable and non- communicable disease causation, investigation of disease outbreaks, health promotion, screening, and disease prevention;
  5. able to describe the demographic, socio-economical, cultural, occupational and environmental determinants affecting health and appropriate interventions to reduce risks for individual, patient and the community;
  6. able to identify the health needs of populations, population sub groups and in disaster situations, with the required skills to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate health programs;
  7. explain factors and movements related to globalization influence on illness, injury, and death;
  8. able to describe the roles of people and agencies who undertake work in promotion and preventing disease and importance of liaising different sectors of the health and social care systems in providing promotion and preventing disease;
  9. able to explain how the structure of societies impacts the health of a population in global perspective and differing approaches used by international agencies to solve public health problems;
  10. able to explain the objectives, method of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the National Health Programs of the following:
    • Maternal and Child Health (MCH);
    • Programs related to Communicable Diseases.
    • Programs related to non-Communicable diseases
  11. competent to conduct a basic research study (using quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, analyzing using biostatistics) and write a report and a scientific communiqué;
  12. able to explain health outcome measurements, national health policy, measures taken by state to improve health of the people and tools of health economics.


Teaching and Learning Methods
  • Lectures, face to face and online
  • Tutorials/ SGD
  • Clerkship
  • Research Project


Recommended Books
  1. Essentials of Public Health in Sri Lanka, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  3. Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health , Volume 3;Roger Detels; Oxford University Press
  4. Oxford Handbook of Medical Statistics (2 edn) Janet Peacock and Philip Peacock
  6. Textbook of Community Medicine authored by Drs. Sunder Lal, Adarsh and Pankaj. 2017
  7. Principles and Practice of Biostatistics By Dr J V Dixit 2017
  8. Research Methods in Community Medicine: Surveys, Epidemiological Research, Programme Evaluation, Clinical Trials, 6th Edition; Joseph Abramson, Z. H. Abramson
  9. Health, Behavior and Society: Clinical Medicine in Context ;Jennifer Cleland - University of Aberdeen, Philip Cotton - University of Glasgow, UK; sage publisher
  10. Research Skills for Medical Students; Ann K. Allen - Cardiff University, UK ; sage publisher
  11. Maxcy-Rosenau-Last Textbook of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, 16 th Edition.
  12. The Oxford Textbook of Global Health of Women, Newborns, Children, and Adolescents; Edited by Delan Devakumar, Jennifer Hall, Zeshan Qureshi, and Joy Lawn 2018
  13. Occupational and Environmental Health 7th Edition; Barry S. Levy (Editor), David H. Wegman (Editor), Sherry L. Baron (Editor), Rosemary K. Sokas(editor)