Aga Khan University's (AKU) Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) is a preeminent public health institution in the country. The vision of the Chancellor has set the direction for the University to take a lead in community development and the creation of an innovative curriculum that focuses on creating a balance between patient care and population health. CHS has taken a major role in pursuing the vision over the past several decades by leading the development of a national-level primary health care system, public health practice, and health systems strengthening through evidence-based approaches. CHS has established successful models in urban and rural settings in Pakistan emphasising empowerment - building on the strengths of communities. Faculty in CHS collaborate in research with faculty from other departments, other campuses of the University, AKDN sister organisations, as well as other local and foreign researchers.
CHS has five major Sections - Epidemiology & biostatistics, Health policy & management, Population & reproductive health, Environmental health, and Non-communicable diseases & mental health.