The Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH) was established in 1971 in order to shape, and to provide academic content, to the discipline of public health, making it relevant to the situation in India. It was recognized that the discipline of Preventive and Social Medicine needed a paradigm shift that could only be provided if this Centre was set up outside the confines of a medical college.
Over the past four decades, the Centre has acquired vast experience in evolving problem-oriented inter-disciplinary academic programmes in public health, in addition to building an active research base. At the same time, efforts have also been made at establishing institutional links with various academic, research, policy-making and non-governmental organizations.
Under the overall objectives of creating academic programmes for making health services meaningful to the people of the country, the Centre has set out as its objective the task of understanding the health problems