Message from the Chairperson

Message from the Chairperson

The Department of Community Health Sciences of AKU Medical College is the premier public health academic unit in the country. The department has adopted a leadership model in community oriented public health and social development, recognised regionally and internationally for the relevance, quality and extent of its work.

CHS strives for excellence in public health research, education and services for developing national and international leadership to address community's health needs and to strengthen health systems in partnership with the communities, government, non-government organisations and academic institutions nationally and internationally.

Besides contributing to the MBBS undergraduate programme, CHS offers MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics; MSc Health Policy Management; MSc Clinical Research; a variety of short courses under the Continuing Education Programme; Community Medicine Residency; and a Research Officer Training Programme. A PhD programme with emphasis on Public Health is in the launching phase.

The Department currently has a faculty of 38 professionals and a programme staff of over 170. CHS works in three major modalities: education, service and research through its six operational units: Health Systems, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Environment and Occupational Health, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Reproductive Health and Gender, and Community Health. These units have research and development programmes with grant support of approximately US$ 10 million. Our research portfolio includes work in the areas of population health with a focus on women and child health (including women empowerment, gender and equity), chronic non-communicable diseases, environmental health sciences, health systems (including focus on quality of care, health seeking behviour, economic and policy evaluation and hospital performance management), e health and primary health care. CHS has number of important international research partners including NICHD through Drexel University, NIH through University of Alabama USA, University of Hong Kong, Welcome Trust, Mc Master University, UNICEF, Rockefeller, IDRC & World Health Organization. Our faculty have strong linkages with academic institutions like Karolinska Institutet Sweden, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Singapore, University of Liverpool UK , UC Davis USA & University of Calgary to mention a few.

Our service portfolio includes policy advocacy around a variety of public health issues both in the city and nationally.  CHS provides direct services to poor Karachi neighbourhood (through its Urban Health Programme: recipient of International McJannet Award & Commonwealth Award of Excellence) in a model Primary Health Care programme. This programme offers preventive and curative services, health education, training, women's empowerment, micro-financing and serves a population of 60,000 in urban slums of Karachi.

Thank you.

Dr Fauziah Rabbani (MBBS, MPH, FCPS, FRCP, PhD)
The Noordin M. Thobani
Professor and Chairperson, Dept. of Community Health Sciences
Aga Khan University, PO Box 3500, Stadium Road, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel : (+92 21) 486 4815, 493 0051 Ext. 4815, 4800
Fax: (+92 21) 493 4294, 493 2095

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