The Department of Community Medicine’s goal is to leverage is leadership, educational, research and clinical service resource to improve the health of entire communities. The community approach of medical education trains physicians with the skills to appreciate the impact of the interaction of social, environmental, cultural economic factors on health and the contribution of these factors to disease causation. The knowledge and skills acquired prepares our physicians for both primary and specialist care.
The objectives of the Departmental are to ensure that graduates of the school of medical sciences are able to:
- develop, implement, manage and evaluate effective public health interventions and programmes in Ghana and beyond;
- deliver effective preventive and curative care including systematically improving quality of health at the primary level in rural and urban communities and;
- pursue continuous and self-directed professional learning to update and expand their knowledge and skills.
The Department hosted a continuous professional development workshop last academic year for health workers, lecturers and other members of the university community on systematic reviews and meta-analysis as parts of efforts to strengthen their research capabilities. Additionally, students were exposed to the health industry by visits organized by the Department to the Ghana Health Service, UNFPA, PPAG, Takoradi Port, Ghana Cement Works and many others.
The step that was initiated with the Akyemansa district in the Eastern region to set up a Demographic Surveillance Site (DSS) at the Anyinase sub-district, where the UCCSMS COBES site is located, has been given additional boost by the organization of baseline data required for its commencement. The Department has initiated plans to attract experienced faculty to boost its staff strength.