Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM) is a division of medical science. PSM is concerned with the measures taken to prevent diseases and promote health. Preventive and social medicine is also known as community medicine or public health.


Preventive and social medicine offers medical services ranging from curative  to rehabilitative. health services. PSM has  expanded during the last few decades. Presently, it deals with the health problems of not only a single person but the entire community at large. Public Health involves statistics, psychology, sociology, law, engineering and economics as well as clinical sciences and biological sciences.

Objectives: -


  • To promote healthy lifestyles.
  • To categorize the health needs of populations through monitoring, planning, evaluation and intervention.
  • Apply the necessary epidemiological principles to promote health, outbreaks, investigation of diseases and disease prevention.
  • Graduates must contribute in to health systems performance as a member of health team.
  • To provide patient-centered comprehensive primary health care including follow-up and referral.

Subjects under preventive and social medicine: -


  • Health Education
  • Occupational Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Genetics
  • Social Science
  • Demographic Techniques
  • Public Health Chemistry
  • Vital Statistics
  • Research Methodology
  • Parasitological study
  • Entomology
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiological Techniques

List of Courses: -


  • Master of Science in Community Health
  • Medical Doctor in Community Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine in Community Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine in Preventive & Social Medicine
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Community Medicine

Basic Eligibility



For taking admission into this course a student should have completed his/her 2 years intermediate, Higher School Certificate or equivalent course, with science subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The duration for this course is 3 years.



The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor's degree (MBBS) from recognized medical college.Candidates also needs to have All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination score. The duration of this course is 3 years

Job Prospects

Preventive and Social Medicine is comparatively a new division of medicine. There are many career opportunities in this field.  Graduates usually enter into social work after pursuing this program. Postgraduate students after completion of their course can seek employment in public health sector.  In government sector they might earn around Rs.25,000 to Rs.35,000.

Professionals in this career can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges. Most health doctors are working in district or regional health authorities. Their work also includes the overall planning, administration and development of personal health and community care.

Medical Colleges for Preventive and Social Medicine

A.J. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre

Mangalore, Karnataka, India

A.J. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AJIMSRC), Mangalore was established in 2002 under the aegis of Laxmi Memorial Education Trust. The institute has been accredited by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals &...

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Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya

Mandya, Karnataka, India

Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Mandya was established in 1986 by the then honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri Ramakrishna Hegde in the holy presence of Padmabhushana Dr.Sri Sri Sri Balagangadharanatha Maha...

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Agartala Government Medical College

Agartala, Tripura, India

Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC), Agartala is recognized & approved by Medical Council of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi and affiliated to Tripura University. The main vision of the college is to...

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Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh was established in 1877 as Muhammadan Anglo Oriental College in Aligarh by Sir Syed. It was one of the first purely residential educational institutions set up either by the government or the...

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Alluri Sitaramaraju Academy of Medical Sciences

Eluru , Andhra Pradesh, India

Alluri Sitaramaraju Academy of Medical Sciences (ASRAM), Godavari was established in 1999, as a non profit society and is named after the famous patriot Alluri Sitaramaraju. The Medical College was started with b achelor of Medicine,...

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Amala Institute of Medical Sciences

Thrissur, Kerala, India

Amala Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Thrissur established in 1978, is a multi-disciplinary medical network of pedagogical, therapeutic, research and outreach programs. An AIMS is affiliated to Kerala University of Health...

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Armed Forces Medical College

Pune, Maharashtra, India

Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune was established in 1948 by an act of parliament of India on the recommendations of the BC Roy Committee by the amalgamation of various defense medical organizations. The college is managed by...

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B.R.D Medical College

Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

B.R.D Medical College (BRDMC), Gorakhpur was established in 1969. The institution was named after “Baba Raghav Das”, a devoted freedom fighter and Sarvodaya leader of this area. The appearance of a medical college in the...

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Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), Bangalore was established in 1955 as a private Medical college by Mysore Education Society. It is an autonomous college of Govt. of Karnataka. In 1957, it was handed over to the...

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Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura

Bankura, West Bengal, India

Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura was established in 1956 by Bankura Sammilani Trust. The main objectives for the establishment of the organization was to increase the co-ordination and friendly relation between the tribal...

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