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Strengthening the Postgraduate programme in Community Medicine: a Step towards Advancing Reforms in Public Health Education in India

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C. Rajguru,

Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Grant Medical College, Mumbai, IN
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L. Sankhe ,

Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Grant Medical College, Mumbai, IN
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S.V. Akarte,

Professor & Head, Department of Community Medicine, Grant Medical College, Mumbai, IN
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A. Sharma,

Program Officer, Public Health Foundation of India, IN
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S. Zodpey

Vice-President, Public Health Foundation of India, IN
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Abstract

Introduction: Public Health Education in India is at Crossroads is a well dwelled fact. The huge difference between the demand from health services and the inability of the medical education system to fulfil it, is creating a problematic situation.

Objectives: This study was conducted with the objective of exploring the need for change in the community medicine postgraduate course as felt by the academicians, public health experts as well as the postgraduate students. Through this study an attempt was made to identify the key changes needed in the course with a broader objective of restructuring the community medicine course to bring it at par with the required standards.

Methods: The compiled findings from extensive literature search, opinion of public health experts in the field, and faculty member teaching community medicine and postgraduate student’s views suggests a complete revamping of the course contents with focus of skill based training.

Results and conclusion: The course should be implemented, so as to impart skills which will give maximum practical exposure to the students with community involvement. The experience from private non-governmental organisations will also widen their vision of public health. The importance of research should be emphasized and there is a need to improve the quality of research in medical colleges. In a nutshell, the course should evolve so as to develop the community medicine postgraduate student into an academician, administrator and researcher. This agenda if taken further on various technical panels will certainly assist in creating the required public health workforce.

How to Cite: Rajguru, C., Sankhe, L., Akarte, S.V., Sharma, A. and Zodpey, S., 2017. Strengthening the Postgraduate programme in Community Medicine: a Step towards Advancing Reforms in Public Health Education in India. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 11(2), pp.3–11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v11i2.13
Published on 01 Dec 2017.
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