Community Medicine is the science that deals with the health of the communities rather than the individuals. It is the science of what has been previously known as public health, preventive medicine, social medicine and community health. Community medicine is one of the departments in the Faculty of Medicine – University of Khartoum. The department was established in 1951 by Professor Anees Mohamed Ali Alshami who was the first head department. The department educates under and postgraduate medical students in the field of community medicine.
The department has the following units:
1. Epidemiology Unit ( Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Research Methodology)
2. Endemic Diseases Unit (Communicable & Non Communicable Diseases)
3. Primary Health Care Unit
4. Envenimement & Occupation Health Unit
5. Health Management Unit
6. Research Unit
7. Support unit
- · To graduate a community-oriented doctor who is a:
- · Health promoter and care provider
- · Disease preventer
- · Community and team leader
- · Manager
- · Researcher
The mission of the department is:
- · To produce a medical graduate who is capable in interacting with the community through understanding the holistic approach of health, knowing the actual needs of the community to achieve physical, mental and social wellbeing to lead socially and mentally productive life.
- · To provide education and knowledge that aims at scientific excellence, professionalism, and social responsibility.
- · To set high standards of leadership in provision of health care, education, research and development of effective and equitable health services in partnership with the health care delivery system.
- · To contribute significantly in the field of medical education and research on the local, regional and international scene.
- · To continue high values of student initiatives in primary health care, community- based activities and support innovation in this field .
The objectives of the department are:
1. Education of medical students.
2. Contribution to community development and health services.
3. Support basic and applied research especially in areas relevant to the need of the community.
4. Conduct post graduate studies in community medicine.
Heads of the department
- · Professor Anees Alshami ( The pioneer) 1951
- · Doctor Maamoun Yosif Hamid
- · Professor Mustafa Khougli
- · Doctor Abdelrahman Eltom Zeiad
- · Professor Basheer Hamad
- · Doctor Abdelrahman Eltom Zeiad 1990
- · Doctor Mohamed Elfatih Ali Ahmed 1993
- · Professor Mohammed Ali Awadelkareem 1995
- · Doctor Kamil Mergani Ali Shaaban 1998
- · Doctor Taha Ahmed Elmukashfi 2007
The curriculum of community medicine is taught to students of the first medical class up to the fifth, and by the end of the fifth class, the student should complete a research in a topic of interest. Phase I, Phase II, Phase II.