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About PGIMER Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health

We Are

The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is based in Chandigarh (city beautiful in North India) and was established in1962 by then Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. It was declared as an “Institute of National Importance” by an Act of Parliament of India on 1st April 1967 and is currently an autonomous body functioning directly under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. PGIMER has almost all specialties and super specialties departments. The Department of Community Medicine was instituted in 1977 with the purpose of developing effective models health service delivery for rural communities and for providing community health orientation to public health professionals. To address emerging challenges in public health education and research, the Department of Community Medicine was upgraded to Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health (SPH) in the Tenth Five Year Plan of India (2002-06).

What We Do

Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health conduct post-graduate teaching programmes and short-term training courses on various public health issues. Besides, we are also involved in several research projects in collaboration with national and international organizations (like DBT, ICMR, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, DFID, MOH&FW, and MOE&F etc.) and state governments. We also provide consultancy services to state and central health services on public health matters and national programs/projects. Each year nearly 45 training programs are conducted with an average attendance of 30 participants per course. We also deliver population based health services to approximately 80,000 populations in rural, urban and slum communities of Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh. SPH has developed various public for health models which have been successfully scaled and replicated across country

What We Offer

SPH offers regular Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor in Medicine (MD), Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management (PGDPHM), and Masters of Public Health (MPH) along with various short-term courses in areas of epidemiology, health management, health promotion, communicable and non-communicable diseases

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Conflict of Interest Declaration

E- Resource Centre for Tobacco Control, PGIMER Chandigarh

Tobacco is the gateway to the world of addiction. Each year millions of children in
India begin experimenting with tobacco use and become lifelong addicts. Global
evidence suggests that tobacco use is the leading cause of premature mortality. It
prevents individuals, families, communities and nations from achieving their fullest
potential and development goals. The tobacco industry is among the most corrupt
and venal in its practices. The WHO and many leading public health organizations
have warned that the tobacco industries would mislead governments and
communities to achieve its profits by advancing their addictive products.

To this end, E-Resource Centre for Tobacco Control (E-RCTC) believes in
promoting a healthy lifestyle for all by opposing tobacco use and addiction. RCTC
recognizes a fundamental conflict of interest between the tobacco industry and
public health. To achieve these goals in our lifetime would require us to stay away
from tobacco, alcohol and intoxicant substances in any form.

E-RCTC does not partner with any entity directly or indirectly related to and /or
engaged with the tobacco industry. We do not partner, invest in or get invest by
organizations with interests in the tobacco industry, or those who further the
agenda of tobacco companies. We do not and shall not accept and / or endorse any
direct or indirect support from the tobacco industry neither in cash and nor in