1. Course Description:


The approach is for the students to learn by becoming actively involved in the identification and solution of real community health problems, much as hospital-based postings dealing with real solution of individual patients problems.

  1. Specific Objectives:

At the end of the posting students will be able to:

  • gain supervised experience in planning organizing, implementing and analyzing a community health survey and in preparing a report.
  • learn the use of biostatistical and epidemiological methods to collect data in defined population.
  • gain experience in mobilizing the community for participation in a health programme through the formal and informal leadership of the locality.
  • Gain supervised experience under field conditions in the use of sample technique for examining blood, stool, urine, and other diagnostic materials to determined the presence of common infective agents.
  • provide primary health care under supervision.
  • on the basic of the data collected establish priorities amongst the problems identified and suggest plans for management at the local community level.
  1. Issues Addressed During the Posting:
  • During the posting, students are divided into groups and attached with a team of supervisors (mostly Senior Academic staff in the Department) and given a village to design/mount a community diagnosis on it.
  • Before going to the field, each team is briefed by the respective supervisors on the modalities of the posting.
  • A well-defined time table is drawn to engaged the students from morning, afternoon and evening sessions.
  • The actual field- work begins with a visit to a village to diagnosed. The visit involves meeting with the village head, his councillors and heads hold to explain the purpose of the exercise and therefore solicit for their cooperation.
  • The students prepare a map of the study area after scouting round the area.
  • Rearranged time is agreed upon between the students and community members on when to start the actual community health diagnosis. Diagnostic specimens (blood, stool, urine) are randomly selected/collected and representing age/sex distribution.
  • Action is taken to alleviate the problems with active participation of the people.
  • The data collected are collected feed into computer for analysis.
  • Conclusions are made at the end of the exercise.
  • Students present their findings to a combined audience of staff and students.