Community Medicine

Community Medicine


The Department of Community Medicine, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram is the premier public health training and research institution for medical professionals in the state of Kerala, India.
The prime objective of the institution is to produce quality public health professionals, capable of playing major roles towards the realization of complete health and wellbeing in the state of Kerala and the country as a whole. Established in 1953, the department is the first of its kind in India.
The department offers two postgraduate courses for medical professionals; MD in Community Medicine (3 years) and Diploma in Public Health (2 years). In addition, the department sensitizes the undergraduate medical students towards being public health minded while pursuing their career. The department promotes quality medical research and collaborates with governmental and non-governmental agencies in carrying out public health activities all over the state

Head of the department

 Sara Varghese

Facilities at a glance

Teaching &Training Programme

a. UG Degree Courses
    The subject of community medicine is being taught in MBBS from 1st semester to 7th semester with practical sections in 1st ,4th,5th& 7th semesters
b. PG Degree course
    The department offers two postgraduate courses for medical professionals; MD in Community Medicine (3 years) and Diploma in Public Health (2 years).
c. Regular Workshops & CMEs
   The department conducts regular workshops for the PG Students as well as for Medical professionals

    1) National Conference in Students’ Medical Research
           Every year, department conducts a National Conference on Students Medical Research, which is a rare platform for medical students to showcase their research work. By taking up the patronage of this event from 2015 onwards, KUHS has become the first medical university in India to support such a venture for undergraduate students.
    2) Research Methodology Workshops
           Department conducts Research Methodology Workshops for UG, PG, Dental Students at regular interval to sensitize and empower them to do medical research
    3) Public Health Updates
           Department conducts a continuing medical education programme for public health professionals at regular intervals. The CME is accredited with credit hours from Travancore Cochin Medical Council

Preventive Clinic
      The department is running a preventive clinic attached to Medical College Hospital. One Lecturer / Assistant Professor (on rotation) from the department is the Medical Officer in charge. OP time is from 9 am to 1 pm on every day except Sunday & Causality services are available every day after the op services

Local OP
     The department is conducting the local OP in the MCH. Local op manages general ailments of the people dwelling around the medical college area and the bystanders of the patients admitted in Medical college. One Lecturer / Assistant Professor (on rotation) is holding the charge of the Clinic.

     The department is conducting RNTCP OP in the MCH. RNTCP OP initiates Anti tuberculosis medicines for patients admitted in MCH.

Palliative Care Clinic
      The Palliative Care Clinic has been launched in the Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. This is the joint Endeavour of the Department of Community Medicine, other clinical and non-clinical departments and also with the full support of a NGO, Pallium India. The OP is being conducted on Monday to Saturday at 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Urban Health Centre, Pangappara
MCHU, Pangappara is the Urban Health Centre working under the Department. An Assistant Professor (rotation) is charge of the AMO. In-patient service is being given by the centre Training is given to house surgeons, dental house surgeons, MBBS students, BSc, MSc & General Nursing students, Ophthalmic Assistant Trainees, ‘D’ Pharm trainees etc.,.
The different specialty clinics under the PHC are
1.Gynecology & Obstetric Clinic (Tuesday – Friday)
2.Respiratory Clinic (Tuesday)
3.Pediatric Clinic (Saturday) and
4.Adolescent clinic (Saturday)

Rural Health Centre, Vakkom
The department is running a Rural Health Centre at Vakkom. It is a twenty bedded hospital with training facilities under government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. Administrative Medical Officer (AMO) is the charge officer who is a medical doctor from the department of community medicine, government medical college, Thiruvananthapuram- not below the rank of an Assistant professor. The centre is one of the 19 community health centers (CHC) of Thiruvananthapuram district. Three primary health centers (PHC) are working under the CHC. These are Vakkom, Mudakkal and Kizhuvilam PHCs. The total population covered by the block PHC is almost 1,00,000.
•Besides the regular activities, different specialty clinics – NCD Clinics (Saturday) Sub centre Clinic (Thursday), Mental Health Clinics (1st Tuesday of every month) Adolescent Clinic (last Saturday of every month), Gynecology Clinic (on Monday & Wednesday) and Pediatric clinic (on Wednesday) are conducting in the Health Centre. The house surgeons / PG / UG Training are going on.

Collection / compilation and daily reporting of surveillance data on communicable diseases, outbreak investigation and control measures are the main activities of the centre.

Other Services
1. Hotel Sanitation
Inspection of canteens under DME. Instructions are given to the canteen staff about safe food practices.          
2. Monitoring and Evaluation of ICDS
The ICDS Scheme, launched on 2nd Oct 1975. In 33 ICDS blocks, has been gradually expanded to 6284 projects. It responds to the inter related needs of children below 6 years, pregnant women, Locating mother and adolescent girls in a comprehensive manner. Government of India has decided to set up a monitory & supervision mechanism of the ICDS through National Institute of Public Co Operation & Child Development.

Department of Community Medicine, Medical College Trivandrum has been selected to function as one of the lead Institutions in the state of Kerala

1. To Collect and analyze the data and reports received from the districts and state Head Quarters on the performance of ICDS scheme on Pre determined set of Indicators.
2. To collect data through field visits to selected ICDS projects in the area assigned to it.

Succession list of HOD's

Dr Krishnan Thampy

1952 – 1957

Dr Sundaram

1957 – 1961

Dr K P Joseph

1961 – 1968

Dr Chitra Gopalan

1968 – 1972

Dr C P Madhavankutty

1972 – 1976

Dr Chitra Gopalan

1976 - 1978

Dr C P Madhavankutty

1978 – 1981

Dr Molly Philip

1981 – 1986

Dr Elizabeth Varughese

1986 – 1995

Dr Lathika Devi K

1995 – 1999

Dr Leelamoni K

1999 – 2001

Dr K Usha Devi

2001 – 2003

Dr V Girija

2003 – 2003

Dr Jeesha C Haran

2003 – 2005

Dr Leela Itti Amma K R

2005 – 2009

Dr K Vijayakumar

2009 – 2014

Dr Thomas Mathew

2014 – 2014

Dr Sara Varghese

2014 -

Faculties on this department

Sara Varghese

Professor& Head of Department

Indu P.S


Vimala C

Associate Professor / Additional Professor (CAP)


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Emergency Enquiry

MCH Casualty
(24 hrs)
ph: 0471-2528300
MCH New OP Block
(8.00 am - 02.00 pm)
ph: 0471-2528469
OP SuperSpecialty Block
(8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
ph: 0471-2528448

Contact us

Trivandrum Medical College,              
Medical College PO,
Kerala State. India PIN - 695 011
Phone no : + 91- 471 -2528386
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