Community Medicine

About the Department

Community Medicine is the study of health and disease in the population of defined communities or groups in order to identify their health needs, and to plan, implement, and evaluate health programs to effectively meet these needs. The prime objective of the department is to produce quality public health professionals, capable of playing significant role in ensuring complete health and wellbeing of the community in which they chose to serve. The department is striving to provide a high quality, community oriented training in Community Medicine to the under graduate and post graduate medical students, so that they work towards achieving the national goal of “health for all in 21st Century”.

Head of the Department

Dr. Mayur, MD, Professor and Head of the department

Patient Care

Department manages Urban Health Training Center at Vidyagiri (about 5km from the College) and Rural Health Training Center at Yadwad (about 12 km from the college).  Following services are provided at these centers.

  • Daily OP from 9.30am to 1.30pm at a nominal charge
  • Treatment for all common ailments for free of cost
  • Minor surgical procedures for free of cost
  • Routine laboratory facilities for free of cost.
  • Referral services
  • Training of House surgeons to function as Primary Health care Physicians
  • Ante-natal clinic, school health services
  • Health Education

Various national health programmes like Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, Reproductive and Child Health, Immunization etc are implemented through these centers. Apart from this, Re-Orientation of Medical Education (ROME) is carried out by posting specialist doctors from the institute’s hospital to the RHTC, Yadwad. This helps both in brining the specialist treatment at the people’s door as well as to orient the interns in working in rural and resource restricted areas. RHTC has excellent facility for food and staying for interns.

Teaching Program

Well structured teaching programs are conducted by the department both in the class rooms and also in the field. Teaching activities in the department include lectures, tutorials/ seminars, practical demonstrations and integrated teaching sessions for undergraduate medical students. The postgraduate training is mainly through subject seminars, journal review meetings, clinical postings, group discussion, etc.  Museum is a well equipped with large number of models, specimens and charts. Field activities involve community health services that are provided through field practice areas of the department at Vidyagiri and Yadwad blocks of district Dharwad. The department also oversees the functioning of Hebballi PHC.

  1. MridulaPrabhu, AnupamaKakhandaki, KR PravinChandra, Pramod. A hospital based study on awareness of diabetic retinopathy in diabetic individuals based on knowledge, attitude andpractices in a tier-2 city in South India. Indian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, July September 2015;1(3):159-163 
  2. Dixit UR. Prescription Patterns for Common Acute Infections – A Cross Sectional Study. Indian Journal of Applied Research. 4(3); 2014: 348-9 
  3. Kollur LR. Nutritional Status of Adolescent Girls from a Community in Maharashtra - A Cross Sectional Study. 3(8); 2014: Online (doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2014.290420141)
  4. Ashwini S, Katti SM, Mallapur MD. Comparison of breast feeding practices among urban and rural mothers: A cross-sectional study. Int J Med Public Health 2014;4:120-4
  5. PrabhuM, Patil SH, PravinChandra R Kangokar. Glaucoma awareness and knowledge in a tertiary care hospital in a tier-2 city in South India. J Sci Soc 2013; 40:3-8 available at DOI 10.4103/0974-5009.109674
  6. Veda Hegde, Rajesh Trayambak Anegundi, KR Pravin Chandra. Bio-metric Analysis- A Reliable Indicator for Diagnosing Taurodontism using Panoramic Radiographs. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2013 Aug, 7(8):1779-1781
  7. Patil PS. Establishing an effective Journal club – A Post graduate educational tool. Education in Medicine Journal. 2013; 5(3).
  8. National Journal of Community Medicine. ISSN: 0976 – 3325 (2229-6816) Dec 2013
  9. Nayak RK, Walvekar PR, Mallapur MD. Morbidity profile of under-five children residing in rural area of North Karnataka. Indian Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2013;1(1):41-7
  10. Nayak RK, Walvekar PR, Mallapur MD. Knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding rabies among general   practitioners of Belgaum city. Al Ameen Journal of Medical sciences 2013;6(3):237-42
  11. M M Angadi, B R Hiremath, V Sorganvi. A Study on factors influencing selection of place of delivery among pregnant women in Urban slums of Bijapur city, Karnataka. Al Ameen J Med Sci ; 2013’6(2) : 189-192
  12. M M Angadi, Bhavana Hiremath, Vijaya Sorganvi. A Study on neonatal care practices in a rural area of Bijapur Taluk, Bijapur District, Karnataka.Int J Pharma Bio Sci ; 2013 Oct ; 4(4) : (B) 492-496
  13. Bhavana R Hiremath, M M Angadi, Vijaya Sorganvi. A Cross sectional study on Breast feeding practices in rural area of  North Karnataka. Int J Cur Res Rev ‘ 2013 Nov ; 5(21) : 13-18
  14. Patil PS, Chowti JV. A study to assess the knowledge regarding breastfeeding in rural women. Indian Journal of Maternal and Child Health. 2012; 14(2) 2-9. 
  15. Hiralal BD, Patil PS, Dixit UR. Epidemiological study of diabetes in urban area. Australasian Medical Journal. 2012; 5 (1) 98.
  16. Mayur S S, Radhika M S, Wantamutte A , Mallapur M D. A Study to Evaluate Risk Factors among Drivers involved in Non-Fatal Road Traffic Accidents. IJMST 2012; 5(1):1-5. 
  17. Kollur L R, Manjrekar S, Chowti J V. KAP on Malaria – A brief account of responses of newly joined Medical under graduates of SDMCMS&H, Dharwad. Indian Journal of Science & Technology.2012;5(9):3337-9
  18. KR Pravin Chandra, GN Prabhakara.Teaching of Social Sciences in Medical College. RGUHS J Med Sciences, October 2011; 1 (4):25-29
  19. KR Pravin Chandra. Occupational and Environmental Health: An Integral Part of Community Health. RGUHS J Med Sciences, October 2011; 1 (4):34-38
  20. Chowti JV, Pravinchandra KR, Chowti SJ, Avadhootbhatta NG, Prabhakara GN. Counseling Children and Adolescents: Observations at Medical Colleges in Hubli-Dharwad. RGUHS J Med Sciences, October 2011; 1 (2):15-21
  21. Mayur SS, Radhika MS, Chowti JV, Chowti SJ. Utilization of Antenatal Services among Pregnant Women in Urban Slums of   Dharwad District of North Karnataka. Asian journal of obs and gynae practice 2011;1:24-27 
  22. Mayur SS, Radhika MS, Chowti JV, Chowti SJ. Knowledge and attitude about HIV/AIDS among Pregnant Women of Urban Population of south India. IJMST  2010;3(5):37-40
  23. Dr. Pushpa S Patil, Dr. R. Venkatesh, Dr. M S Shivaswamy. Study of fertility pattern and contraceptive Practices in a Rural Area. Indian Journal of Science & Technology.2011;4(April):429-431 
  24. KR Pravin Chandra, Uma M Padennavar, T Sadashivappa,GN Prabhakara. Nutrition Assessment Survey of school children of Dharwad and Haliyal Taluks , Karnataka state. Paper published in KUSET-Kathmandu University Journal of Science, Engineering & Technology  Vol 1  No 2 , March 2006- available / kuset
  25. Nayak Rakesh, Metgud C, Mallapur M, Naik V. Prevalence of Low Birth Weight at Kiniye Primary Health Centre. International Journal of Pharma Medicine and Biological Sciences.
Dissertations/ Research

1. "Health status of preschool children in an urban community"

Name of PG     :           Dr. Shivani S Manjrekar

Guide               :           Dr. Mayur S Sherkhane

2. "A study of the prevalence and factors associated with overweight and obesity among adolisunt school children at an urban field practice area"

 Name of PG    :           Dr. Pracheth R

Guide               :           Dr. J V Chowti

3. "Epidemiological study of road traffic accident"

Name of PG     :           Dr. Rohit A

Guide               :           Dr. Pushpa S Patil

4. "Study on the prevalence of HIV in faction among Tuberculosis patients in SDMCMS&H, Dharwad"

Name of PG     :           Dr. Jyotsna Rayannavar

Guide               :           Dr. G N Prabhakara

 5. "Behavioural Risk Factor for non-communicable Diseases in working & non-working women of urban slums".

Name of PG     :           Dr. Shivani S Manjrekar

Guide               :           Dr. Mayur S Sherkhane

6. "Geriatric Depression Scale: A tool to assess depression in elderly".

Name of PG     :           Dr. Pracheth R

Guide               :           Dr. Mayur S Sherkhane

7. "Knowledge & Awareness about cancer among females of urban slums in their reproductive age group".

Name of PG     :           Dr. Jyotsna Rayannavar

Guide  :           Dr. Mayur S Sherkhane

8. "Awareness of Immunization in Urban-Rural population: Across sectional study".

Name of PG     :           Dr. Rohit A

Guide               :           Dr. J V Chowti & Dr. Pushpa S Patil.

Dr. Mayur S. Sherkhane
Professor & HOD
Dr. Pushpa S. Patil
Dr. Kotrabasappa K.
Dr. K R. Pravinchandra
Associate Professor
Dr. Umesh R. Dixit
Associate Professor
Dr. Kollur Lata Radhakrishna
Associate Professor
Dr. Rakesh Nayak
Assistant Professor & Epidemiologist
Dr. Ashwini S
Assistant Professor & MOH (RHTC)
Dr. Bhavana R Hiremath
Assistant Professor & MOH (UHTC)
Dr. Vandana Hiregoudar
Assistant Professor
Dr. Deepthi
Assistant Professor
Dr. Sushma J. Chowti
Dr. Vinoda Patil
Mrs. Reshma S Bachagoudar
Lecturer in Statistics (Msc)
Dr.Vijayalaxmi Mangasuli
Dr.Diganth C Divya
Dr.Kiran Patil
Dr. Chandan N
Dr.Aravind Kumar K
Dr.Sathvik Rai N
Dr.Deepti Shettar
Dr. Shruti Kardalkar
Dr. Ashwini V Rao



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