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M. Phil. In Social Sciences in Community Health

The education and Training programmes for social scientists have been evolved with the idea of making social scientists more effective members of a health team. The effort is to widen their social science perspective through the prescribed courses. Apart from strengthening the understanding of their basis disciplines, these courses underline the need for an integrated approach in the field of applied social sciences and offer the student an opportunity to understand the problems of community health. Students with a Masterís degree in social sciences are eligible for admission to programme of study.

Eligibility for Admission:

The procedure for receiving applications, screening and selection of candidates

are being laid down by the University.

Duration of the Course and Credit Distribution

The course work shall be completed within the first two consecutive semesters and the whole M. Phil programme (including dissertation) within the first four consecutive semesters.

The course work and dissertation together carry total of 24 credits . Distribution of credits for various courses is as follows:

1. Core Courses 12 credits

2. Optional Courses 6 credits

3. Dissertation 6 credits

Evaluation of the Students:

The assessment of a student in Course work is based on the performance in Sessionals, which include short written assignments. Term papers, an end Semester written examination and a viva-voce examination.

Course Outline

There are two types of Courses: Core Courses and Optional Courses. The Core Courses provide the students, the optimum content of the area of Social 9Sciences, their application to community health and also an extensive exposure to the area of community health. The optional courses are evolved to give the students an opportunity to carry but more in-depth work in their areas of interest and also to open up the possibility of the students going back to their parent disciplines if they so desire.

The course title, credit allocation and the broad content are given below:

List of Courses

Core Courses:

Course No. Title

SM 606 Research Methodology

SM 607 Social Science Issues in Community Health

SM 608 Social Sciences. Towards an Integrated Approach

SM 609 Review of the Current Issues in Social Sciences in Health

SM 610 Community Health and Its Organisation in India


Optional Courses:

SM 620 Comparative studies in Health Systems

SM 622 Application of Anthropology in Health

SM 623 Application of Sociology in Health

SM 624 Communication and Health

SM 625 Current Trends in Sociology

SM 626 Women and Health

SM 627 Social Psychology and National Development Programmes

SM 629 Environment and Health

SM 630 Psychology in Community Health

SM 631 Education and Training of Health Workers

SM 632 Political Economy of Health

SM 633 Social Cultural Anthropology and National Development Programmes

SM 634 Health Education


To dissertation carries 6 credits of the twenty-four credits assigned to the M. Phil. Degree. In the dissertation the student is expected to do research work under the supervision of a faculty advisor on a topic approved by the faculty.