The aim of the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) is to contribute towards the betterment of the health status of the Pakistani population by producing graduates who can work effectively and efficiently within the constraints of the health system. Graduates equipped with research and lifelong learning skills will be able to identify health related problems of families, communities and solve problems based on scientific evidence.
The CHS curriculum cover priority health concerns of Pakistan and emerging global health issues that can have an impact on health of Pakistani population. The curriculum has been designed in modular form and include PHC and PHC technologies, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Demography, Survey Methodology, Research Methodology, Health System Evaluation, Immunization and causes of common conditions and prevention such as Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI), diarrohea, malnutrition, reproductive health issues. Department of CHS also deals with infections that are prevalent or emerging in societies ; occupational hazards and natural disasters; and emerging global health issues.
Department of CHS provides BUMDC students exposure to primary health care system, Non-governmental Organizations working for improved health of concerned communities within Karachi and surrounding catchment areas. The Department also intends to develop a field site for medical students training in primary health care settings.
Students in small groups undertake research projects on common medical problems, lifestyles, traditions, socioeconomic factors affecting health of families and communities. Faculty members supervise the projects and ensure that theoretical concepts of research are applied in students’ research studies. Continuous feed- forwards, presentation of projects before a larger audience, and evaluation are important components of student research activity.