NTA UGC NET Syllabus of Social Medicine and Community Health, Code No: 81

NTA UGC NET Syllabus in Social Medicine and Community Health: Social medicine seeks to understand how social and economic conditions impact health, disease and the practice of medicine and foster conditions in which this understanding can lead to a healthier society. This type of study began formally in the early 19th century. The Industrial Revolution and the subsequent increase in poverty and disease among workers raised concerns about the effect of social processes on the health of the poor. Prominent figures in the history of social medicine include Rudolf Virchow, Salvador Allende, and more recently Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim.

Paper II & Paper III (Part A & Part B)

Unit – I
Definitions and Concepts
Evolution of Public Health
Important Public Health Acts
Health problems of developed and developing countries
Health problems in India
Environment and Health
Unit – II
Definition and Concepts of Epidemiology
Concepts of Health and Disease
Role of Genetics in Health and Disease
Levels of Prevention
Types of Epidemiology
Uses of Epidemiology
Unit – III
Epidemiology, Etiology, Pathogenesis, Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases, like Malaria, Cholera, Tuberculosis, Leprosy, Diarrhoea, ARI, Poliomyelitis, Viral Hepatitis, Measles, Dengue, Rabies, AIDS, etc.
Non – communicable diseases, like coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cancers, etc.
Occupational disorders like, pneumo-coniosis, hearing loss, accidents, dermatosis, etc.
Unit – IV
Major nutritional problems, etiology, manifestations and prevention Components of RCH care.
Need and package of services under RCH Program.
Unit – V
Health planning in India including various committees and National Health Policy and Health Goals set from time to time
Organised sector with reference to Centre, State, District and Block level structures and local bodies and Panchayati Raj
Organisation and functions of community health centres and primary health centres
Health Manpower
Primary Health care and concept
Alternative systems of medicine, like Ayurveda, Homeopathy, etc.
Holistic Approach
Non – Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Private Voluntary Organisations (PVOs)
Unorganised Sector.

Unit – VI
Definition, scope and evolution
Problems of Population growth
Birthrates, death rates, fertility rates, age-specific mortality rates, MMR, CPR, etc.
Approaches and methods of contraception
Unit – VII
Definition and scope of social and behavioural sciences in Health
Concept and significance of social structure and social organisation
Culture and Behaviour related to Health and Disease
Political and Economical aspects of Health
Concepts and techniques of Information, Education and Communication including Counselling methodology
Unit – VIII
Basic concepts in statistics
Concepts of epidemiology, approaches and methods
Techniques of social sciences research relevant to health fields
Health systems research, operational research, mathematical models
Research related to health economics, medical geography
Unit – IX
Environmental sanitation Nutrition
Family Welfare and Planning
Reproductive and Child health
Communicable and Non – communicable diseases
Unit – X
Objectives and Organisation of important agencies, like WHO, UNICEF, FAO, ILO, Indian Red Cross Society, UNFPA, World Bank, Asia Development Bank, Ford Foundation, CARE, Rockefeller Foundation, etc. and their role in Health care activities in India.

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