Department started functioning since 2nd September 2003. Staff members include: four Professors of whom one is epidemiologist, four
Asst.Professors, Two tutors, one lady MO in charge of UHC, two statisticians, one each of Health Educator, Medicosocial Worker, Technical Assistant, PH Nurse and Lab Technician and two Health Workers and two attenders. The department supervises an Urban Training Centre (UHC) at Patturaikkal and a Rural Health Training Centre, at Azhikode.
Under Gtraduate Training:
The training of the undergraduate commences from the 1st Semester onwards and comes to a close at the end of the 7th Semester. The course content includes, Theory Classes, Discussions, Seminars, Clinico-social case study, Health Education Talks, Laboratory and Field work as well as Family Health Surveys, Nutritional Assessment Surveys including Diet Surveys, Anthropometry, House to House visits for nutritional assessment surveys, Public Instruction visits, projects, training in entomology, parasitology and statistics, epidemiological exercises, clinico-social case study and health education. They also visit institutions such as District T.B.Centre (DTC), Leprosy Rehabilitation centre, peripheral health institutions such as Community Health Centres (CHC), Primary Health Centre (PHC) and sub-centres. The compulsory rotating residential internship is expected to commence from November 2008 onwards. The accent will be on training them in primary health care to enable them for delivery of basic health
Urban Health Training Centre (UHC) – Patturaikkal:
The service area of UHC Patturaikkal comprises of 8 wards of Trichur Municipal Corporation catering to more than 50,000 population. The service of a lady medical officer is available at the centre.A baseline socio-demographic survey of the area was done and a report was compiled which contained all relevant demographic and socio-economic data of the area.The average OP attendance is about 30-40 per day. The patients are given free medical care including basic drugs.Laboratory services are provided at subsidized rates.
Rural Health Training Centre-Kallur:
Rural Health Training Centre - Azhikode: The centre is located about 30 odd kms from the college. It provides Primary Health care to the surrounding rural population.
Rural Health Training Centre-Kallur: This centre started in Sept.,2008 is about 26 km from the college. This centre catering to a rural population of more than 30000 ,is a 10-bed hospital with daily average of 60 to 100 OP attendance.
B.A Hospital, Karanchira, about 26 km from the college, is yet another Rural Health Training Centre of AIMS
Department organizes free medical camps in various parts of Thrissur, Malappuram and Palakkad Districts, wherein specialists examine patients and provide appropriate treatment. The average attendance in these camps is in the range of 300-400. The department is regularly conducting Health Education sessions in schools, ‘Mahilasamajams’ and also for other local organizations. During the outbreak of Chickungunya in 2007 our team rendered medical care in the affected areas of Kottayam District. The health care of S.O.S Village of Mulayam located 20 km from AIMS, where orphans and widows are sheltered and cared for, is being looked after by our department. We have trained the foster mothers and school teachers in primary health care including ophthalmic screening.During the last monsoon season we also organized Health Education programme at Kadappuram Panchayat near Chavakkad, which is a backward area inhabited mainly by fishermen community. An extensive campaign was initiated against the habit of Pan Parag chewing among school children in 2006.