The BoS in Community Medicine (hereinafter referred to as BoS) of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), is responsible for conducting the Training Program leading to the degree, MD in Community Medicine.

Field of Community Medicine is rapidly advancing and subject areas covered keep expanding with the resulting change in the roles and functions of the public health specialists. It is thus important to keep pace with the rapid advancement of the specialty and the service needs and equip the service providers with required knowledge and skills and the positive attitudes to ensure delivery of comprehensive, quality care. Taking above into consideration, a curriculum revision was undertaken with the expansion of all relevant aspects, especially the technical and administrative skills required in the management of national public health programs as well as development and implementation of policy that encompasses ever emerging and re-emerging issues and ever evolving public health sciences. Thus this  revised program covers all the relevant subjects applicable to produce a Community Physician as  specified under the Goal to practice Community Medicine/Public Health (for the purpose of this  prospectus the terms “Community Medicine” and “Public Health ” are used interchangeably) based on  the application of principles of “Primary Health Care ”through provision of comprehensive health care  services ranging from preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative services at the community as  well as at national

  • To produce a community physician with the highest level of competencies to promote and protect population’s health and well-being


To be able to:

  • plan, implement and evaluate health services with emphasis on promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative care
  • manage public health programs
  • apply analytical skills for decision making based on scientific reasoning
  • critically appraise the scientific evidence in order to adopt evidence informed interventions 05. develop positive attitudes towards health promotion
  • empower communities to be responsible and accountable to their own health and mobilize communities against factors which adversely affect the health of populations
  • communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals, groups, communities, and multidisciplinary teams of experts in health and other professions for provision of optimal health care
  • advocate for formulation, implementation and evaluation of public health policy, regulations and legislations to protect and promote populations’ health.
  • demonstrate effective leadership and management skills
  • engage in quality research, generate and test innovative solutions for identified health problems and disseminate research findings
  • manage and supervise research projects
  • cultivate the commitment to engage in continuing professional development. 13. safeguard and promote human rights and ethics

The prerequisite to join the MD programme will be the MSc Community Medicine awarded by the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo and other PGIM general regulations relevant to trainees.

Please refer to the relevant prospectus for the most up to date information. The prospectus of a particular programme contains official information pertaining to a programme approved by the Board of Management, University Senate and the University Grants Commission

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