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Course Name Social and Preventive Pharmacy – Theory
Course Code BP802T
Program B. Pharm. (Regular/ Lateral)
Semester Eight
Credits 4
Year Taught 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018


Unit I

Concept of health and disease: Definition, concepts and evaluation of public health.

Understanding the concept of prevention and control of disease, social causes of diseases and social problems of the sick.

Social and health education: Food in relation to nutrition and health, Balanced diet, Nutritional deficiencies, Vitamin deficiencies, Malnutrition and its prevention.

Sociology and health: Socio cultural factors related to health and disease, Impact of urbanization on health and disease, Poverty and health

Hygiene and health: personal hygiene and health care; avoidable habits

(10 Hours)

Unit II

Preventive medicine: General principles of prevention and control of diseases such as cholera, SARS, Ebola virus, influenza, acute respiratory infections, malaria, chicken guinea, dengue, lymphatic filariasis, pneumonia, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cancer, drug addiction-drug substance abuse

(10 Hours)

Unit III

National health programs, its objectives, functioning and outcome of the following:

HIV and AIDS control programme, TB, Integrated disease surveillance program (IDSP), National leprosy control programme, National mental health program, National programme for prevention and control of deafness, Universal immunization programme, National programme for control of blindness, Pulse polio programme.

(10 Hours)

Unit IV

National health intervention programme for mother and child, National family welfare programme, National tobacco control programme, National Malaria Prevention Program, National programme for the health care for the elderly, Social health programme; role of WHO in Indian national program

(08 Hours)

Unit V

Community services in rural, urban and school health: Functions of PHC, Improvement in rural sanita- tion, national urban health mission, Health promotion and education in school.

(07 Hours)


‘Social and Preventive Pharmacy – Theory’ is a course offered in the eighth semester of B. Pharm program at School of Pharmacy, Health Sciences campus, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Scope & Objectives


The purpose of this course is to introduce to students a number of health issues and their challeng- es. This course also introduced a number of national health programmes. The roles of the pharmacist in these contexts are also discussed.


After the successful completion of this course, the student shall be able to:

  1. Acquire high consciousness/realization of current issuesrelated to health and pharmaceutical prob- lems within the country and worldwide.
  2. Have a critical way of thinking based on current healthcare development.
  3. Evaluate alternative ways of solving problems related to health and pharmaceutical issues

Duration: 45 Hours


Recommended Books (Latest Editions)

  1. Short Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine, Prabhakara GN, 2nd Edition, 2010, ISBN: 9789380704104, JAYPEE Publications
  2. Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine (Mahajan and Gupta), Edited by Roy Rabindra Nath, Saha Indranil, 4th Edition, 2013, ISBN: 9789350901878, JAYPEE Publications.
  3. Review of Preventive and Social Medicine (Including Biostatistics), Jain Vivek, 6th Edition, 2014, ISBN: 9789351522331, JAYPEE Publications
  4. Essentials of Community Medicine—A Practical Approach, Hiremath Lalita D, Hiremath Dhananjaya A, 2nd Edition, 2012, ISBN: 9789350250440, JAYPEE Publications
  5. Park Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine, K Park, 21st Edition, 2011, ISBN-14: 9788190128285, BANARSIDAS BHANOT Publishers.
  6. Community Pharmacy Practice, Ramesh Adepu, BSP publishers, Hyderabad

Recommended Journals

  1. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Elsevier, Ireland

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