Undergraduate Medical Education
Community Health Sciences currently delivers about 18 per cent of classroom teaching and coordinates 90 per cent of off-campus education, involving students in urban Primary Health Care sites. (Dr Neelofar Sami)
CHS launched AKU's first postgraduate degree programme in 1996, a two-year MSc programme (Dr Rozina Nuruddin, Director, Epidemiology and Biostatistics), the first of its type in Pakistan. This was enhanced to include formal recognition of biostatistics in the name of the degree commencing with the class of 2001. In 2000, CHS launched a second two-year MSc programme in Health Policy and Management (Dr Shehla Zaidi, Director, Health Policy and Management ). CHS also supplies substantial course content to the PhD degree programme in health sciences, launched in 1999.
CHS developed Pakistan's first speciality programmes in Family Medicine and Community Medicine (Dr Zafar Fatmi). Both programmes are recognised by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan and make extensive use of PHC, as well as relevant external attachments under supervision.
Continuing Education Programme
Since 1994 The Department of Community health Sciences is offering short training courses under its Continuing Education Programme. The programme has trained approximately 2800 national and international health and development professionals through its core, on request and grant based courses.
These courses focus on health and social development issues and are designed to strengthen technical skills, professional capacity and problem solving abilities of individuals working for governmental, nongovernmental and international agencies within and outside Pakistan.
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Other Education and Training Initiatives
In support of the School of Nursing, CHS has also contributed substantially to the development of Community Health Nursing, as a distinct discipline, as well as to the BScN programme.
Research and Development Activities
A review of FHS grants and contacts over the past three years reveals that CHS accounts for more than half the total financial value, and a mid-year review in 2001 reveals well over $2 million worth of grants currently active or in the pipeline. Faculty are currently contributing annually in the range of 30-50 published articles, book chapters, etc, to the international health sciences literature.