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Welcome to the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
History of Department
Department of Preventive & Social Medicine, formerly had her maiden name as Department of Hygiene, one of the early departments of Faculty of Medicine, Mandalay, affiliated to University of Yangon, was established in 1957, and was sited at the front row of the old two-storied main building, that was situated at the present day four-storied complex. There were no full time staffs then. Dr. Surin Kumar from Mandalay Municipal Office was one of the part time teachers who contribute their precious time for the department. Later, Dr Ba Myint from Divisional Health joined as part time teacher. Prior to 1967, the main contents of the departmental curriculum were Environmental Sanitation, Campaign Diseases and Principal Epidemic Diseases.
In 1967, the department's name was changed to Preventive & Social Medicine, staffed with full timed faculty for the first time: Dr. Ba Myint, appointed as Lecturer and Head of the Department, and Dr Tin Than Myint as the demonstrator. Later, in those early days, Dr Mya Than, and Dr Soe Naung joined the faculty.
Since 1967, the curriculum has gradually changed, and now, it consists of Concepts of Health & Diseases, Environmental Health, Epidemiology & Control of Diseases (Communicable & Non-communicable) and Public Health Administration. The teaching strategy consists of on-campus didactic lectures and tutorials, as well as off-campus urban health visits and family health care practices, and, rural three-week residential field trainings to townships in Mandalay and Sagaing Divisions.
As a product of Third Medical Education Seminar, in 1972, Community Medicine training was introduced in Medical Curriculum. The department took a pivotal role in Community Medicine program of the Institute of Medicine, Mandalay, particularly in residential two-week training of house surgeons, initially in Kyauk-Mee area – situated at east of Mandalay, and later in Sink-Kaing townships – located in the south, about 30 miles from Mandalay.
In 1976 Dr. Win Naing was appointed as Lecturer & Head of the Department. In 1983, the department was moved to the second floor of three-storied building which is now accommodating Biology departments. Then, in 1987, it was repositioned to the current accommodation, on the second floor of the front row of present-day main building. Dr Win Naing became Professor & Head of the Department in 1987 and served until December 1988. In his era, apart from training of Final Part I MBBS students and house surgeon training, the department catered statistical courses for the Basic Science training for the postgraduated courses of Institute of Medicine, Mandalay. During these years, Dr Tin Tin Aye, Dr Myo Oo, Dr Maung Maung and Dr Kyi Kyi Sein, as demonstrators, joined the consolidated list of faculty.
From December 1988, until June 1989, Professor Thar Hla Shwe took the chair as Professor and Head of the Preventive and Social Medicine Department. During his short- but not brief- stay in office, Professor Tha Hla Shwe took a leading role in restructuring Medical Education Unit of Institute of Medicine, Mandalay, and seeded the Medical Education Bulletin, of IMM.
In August 1989, Profofessor Daw Ohn Kyi took the office as Professor & Head of the Department. She stayed at the post till June 1990. She also actively took part in Medical Education works of the institute, and did a field study for choosing field practice area for Community Medicine. Lecturers, Dr Win Naing, and Dr Thann Win, joined the faculty member of the department. Community Medicine program got accelerated and gained its momentum in these years.
Start from June 1990 and up to August, 2002, the department was chaired by Professor Nyan Htun. He also worked as Assistant Lecture 1978-1984. Under his reign, post graduate courses were introduced: Diploma in Public Health (commenced 1998), later upgraded to Master of Medical Sciences (Public Health) (commenced 2001), Diploma of Hospital Administration (commenced 1999 till 2001 ), and PhD (Public Health) on 2001. It is noteworthy that Community Medicine training was shifted from rural setting to suburban areas.
Since August 2002, the department was headed by Professor Myo Oo. In response to recent up surging and tremendous growth of undergraduate student numbers, the department has expanded its faculty and has modified the teaching strategy with the aids of multimedia teaching media. It retains its vigor by extending usual urban visits, Family Health care, clinico-social case studies and the residential rural field trainings for the Final part 1 MBBS students, emphasizing communication and information exchange. Apart from these undergraduate training and education, post graduate courses are in progress. The first PhD (Public Health) was produced in 2003. Training of general practitioners in the form of Diploma course in Family Medicine is also undertaken. In addition, research culture of the institute is nurtured and research methodology - particularly the protocols of master and doctorate candidates of various subjects / departments of UMM are cared for. At the same time, conducting research works, in the area of non-communicable diseases- the risk factors, life style and gender issues, and evaluation of curriculum of basic health staff, are also in progress. Reproductive health, health workers performance improvement, and public health ethics are new areas of interest. Remodeling Community Medicine training program is also considered.
At 2007, Professor Win Myint Oo became the Professor and Head of the P & SM Department till 2012.
At 2012, Professor San San Htay became the Professor and Head of the P & SM Department till 2017.
Now, from 2017, Professor Soe Moe Naing became the Head of the Department of P & SM.