Aga Khan University's (AKU) Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) is the preeminent public health institution in the country. The vision of the Chancellor set the direction for the University to take a lead in community development and the creation of an innovative curriculum that emphasises a balance between tertiary care and population health. CHS has taken a major role in that development. Over the past three decades, CHS has led national development of primary health care, public health practice, health systems development and the evidence based approach at the University and in the nation. CHS has developed successful models in urban and rural settings in Pakistan that emphasise empowerment - building on the strengths of communities. As part of an international university, CHS collaborates in a global network of outstanding research and teaching institutions including AKU affiliates in East Africa and Central Asia.
The Department works in three major areas or modalities:
The twenty-first century has arrived with complex changes in demographic patterns, disease burdens, our environments and health policies. These changes are affecting all societies, rich and poor, developed and developing. We are indeed proud that The Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) is the premier public health academic department in Pakistan. The department has adopted the leadership model in community oriented public health and social development, recognized regionally and internationally for the relevance, quality and extent of its work. Read more...