Community Health Sciences provides comprehensive health care ranging from preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative services through community oriented medical education programme. A small segment of these services is provided through community-based setting. At Shifa College of Medicine, Community Health Sciences department strives to pursue and deliver these services through faculty led multilevel activities involving our undergraduate students from year 1-4. Each year, the department brings in innovative activities to deliver the curriculum more contextual to the local needs of community.
In an era of evidence-based medicine, the department of Community Health Sciences promotes research at the grass root level among faculty and students. For this the department regularly conducts workshops / seminars on research methodology. The department organizes “Intercollegiate Scholars Day” for undergraduate students in which multiple colleges in the twin cities take part.
The importance of this speciality has been well recognised globally and emphasized repeatedly from grass root to international levels. Besides health sector, it involves all relevant specialities affecting biopsychosocial health of an individual and communities at large through multisectoral approach. There has been a paradigm shift from curative health services to more cost-effective preventive health care approach which should be equitable, affordable and available to all strata of society, especially focussing on masses living below poverty line.
If we want to achieve “Health For All “as an International goal defined by WHO, Community Health Sciences will definitely be the key specialty during this millennium and beyond. The department has made progress in terms of designing and implementing educational curriculum, conducting research, and in establishing itself as an academic leader in the undergraduate medical education.
The Departmental services are focused in three major areas or modalities:
- Medical education
- Service learning
- Community based research by students and faculty.
Dr. Zahid Naeem
- Naeem Z. Pakistan – Double burden of diseases. JSTMU 2019; 2(1):1-2.
- Bhatti MM, Naseem S, Din IU, Naeem Z, Ahmad RN. Assessment of research methodology concept through appraisal among undergraduate medical students and their perception: A single Centre study. 2019;2(1): 39-44.
- Naeem Zahid, Savul S, Khattak UK, Janjua K. Impact of health education on knowledge of Child Sexual Abuse among female school teachers in twin cities of Pakistan. Pak J Public Health. 2018; 8 (4): 176-80
- Savul S, Naeem Z Satisfaction of Female Patients with Health Care Services at the Peri-urban Community Health Centre in Islamabad. Cureus. 2018 Aug 4;10(8):e3101. doi: 10.7759/cureus.3101.
- Farooq MU, Mushtaq F, Naeem Z, Iqbal S, Naseem S, Ishtiaq O. Dietary habits and practices of type 2 diabetic patients in a tertiary care centre of Islamabad, Pakistan. 2018; 68(5):825-30.
Dr. Sajida Naseem
- Bhatti MM, Naseem S, Din IU, Naeem Z, Ahmad RN. Assessment of research methodology concept through appraisal among undergraduate medical students and their perception: A single centre study. 2019;2(1): 39-44.
- Naseem S, Ghazanfar H, Fatima SH, Ghazanfar A. Medical students assisted health check-up and focussed health education – An integration of community and family medicine. JSTMU. 2018;1(1):27-31.
- Savul S, Naeem Z, Naseem S. Satisfaction of female patients with health care services at the peri urban community health centre in Islamabad. 2018; Aug 4;10(8).
- Ghazanfar H, Iqbal S, Naseem S. Quality of life of post graduate medical students working in private and public hospitals in Punjab as measured by WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire. 2018; 68:908.
- Farooq MU, Mushtaq F, Naeem Z, Iqbal S, Naseem S, Ishtiaq O. Dietary habits and practices of type 2 diabetic patients in a tertiary care centre of Islamabad, Pakistan. JPMA. 2018; 68(5):825-30.
- Intestinal worm infestation among schoolchildren in a rural community of Islamabad, Pakistan. Bhatti MM, Ahmad RN, Naseem S, Haroon A, Ghayur S. Rawal Medical Journal. 2018; 43 (2): 196-99.
- Postgraduate Medical Trainees understanding of Biostatistics: A pre and post research methodology workshop experience. Shafi SS, Faisal T, Naseem S. JCPSP. 2018; 28(3): 196-200.
- Knowledge of postgraduate trainees regarding Epidemiology. Shafi SS, Faisal T, Naseem S, Javed S, Ghazanfar H. Cureus.
- Oral Health Practices Among Pakistani Physicians. Fatima SH, Naseem S, Awan SA, Ghazanfar H, Ali Z, Khan NA. 2018.
- Frequency of carrier screening and preventive orientation among first degree relatives of thalassemia patients. Hashim S, Sarwar M, Arsalan A, Awan I, Naseem S. JPMA. 2018; 68: 50-54.
- Empirical use of Antibiotics for sore throat- How rational is it? Ahmad RN, Naseem S, Bhatti MM, Ghazanfar H, Khan ZA. Pak J Pathol. 2018; 28(1):156-9
Dr. Umme Kulsoom Khattak
- Khattak UK. Contraceptive Prevalence rate in women of reproductive age in a semi urban community of Islamabad. 2018; 1(1): 15-20
- Khattak UK. Impact of health education on knowledge of child sexual abuse among female school teachers in twin cities of Pakistan. 2018. 8 (4).
The department is well equipped with all requisite models /specimens and equipment for practical and tutorials. Field visits to places of public health relevance and importance are planned to help enhance student skills and understanding of important concepts. These goals are aimed to be achieved through the following activities at Shifa College of Medicine:
Dr. Sajida Naseem
MBBS, DOHSE, M.Sc., MPH, MRCGP, MCPS
PMDC # 30413-P
Faculty Reg. # 9026/30413-P/M
Dr. Hameed Mumtaz Durrani
Faculty Reg. #
Dr. Saima Rafi
PMDC # 40940-P
Dr Ghanwa Bareach Qazi
PMDC # 96038-p [-]
Dr. Sana Mangrio
Dr. Ammara Asghar
PMC # 91581-P [-]
Dr. Maryum Rafiq
PMC Reg # 71640-P Faculty Reg # 2917/71640-P/M