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Department of Preventive and Social Medicine

1.  Introduction

The department of Preventive and Social Medicine was established in 1973 with the objective of developing skilled and motivated workforce in the public health which includes teachers of community medicine, researchers, trainers and course facilitators for planning, organization and evaluation of national health programmes. Thus, ever since its inception, the department has been addressing a wide range of issues in the field of public health. The department has multi-disciplinary approach wherein presence of different diverse discipline in functions in the form of research, education and training interventions. Besides, providing valuable inputs to all regular courses, the Department conducts a prestigious MD (Community Medicine).

2.  Teaching Activities

Regular Course(s)
MD (Community Medicine)
Level:

Degree (Post Graduate);

Duration:

 Three Years (Full Time)

Affiliation/Recognition:

The West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS).

Intake capacity: 10

3.  Research Activities

  1. Exposure and practice of Research methodology through 4 short research work and 1 thesis work based on public health problems, health system research and evaluation studies.
  2. Preparation of and finalisation of protocol for thesis is done within 6 months of admission to the course.
  3. Thesis completion and submission to university is done at least 6 months before the commencement of theory papers of university examination.
  4. Students also share their research experience by publishing their work in national and international journals and presentation in State and National Conference.

4.  Publications by the Department / Health Centre

 

Sl No. Study Title Authors Journal

2016

 1  Which is More Accurate in Measuring the Blood Pressure? A Digital or an Aneroid Sphygmomanometer  Bhaskar Shahbabu, Aparajita Dasgupta, Kaushik Sarkar, Sanjaya Kumar Sahoo4  Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 2016 Mar, Vol-10(3):LC 11-LC 14
 2  Domestic unintentional injury of 1 to 5-year old children in a rural area of West Bengal, India: a community based study  Sitikantha Banerjee, Bobby Paul, Aparajita Dasgupta and Kajari Bandhyopadhyay  Tanzania Journal of Health Research Volume 18, Number 3, July 2016.
 3  Audit and Quality Assessment of Prescriptions in an Urban Health Centre of Kolkata  Mandal Sudarsan, Banerjee Sitikantha, Dasgupta Aparajita  Int J Med. Public Health. Jul-Sep, 2016; 6(3): 136-139

2015

 1 Effectiveness of learning intervention on basic life support and cardio pulmonary resuscitation among school children in a village of  West Bengal Aparajita Dasgupta, Saugat Banerjee, Subrata Goswami, Nabarun Karmakar, Amiya Das, Sulagna Das, Indian Journal of Community & Family Medicine Vol.I, Issue I, Jan-Jun 2015
 2 Determinants of low birth weight among under -5 children in a rural area of West Bengal Aparajita Dasgupta, Ishita Sarkar,  Bhaskar Shahbabu, Sudipta Das, Malay Kumar Das, Kaushik Sarkar Medico Research Chronicles, Issue No.2394-3971,2015.2(2),209-216
 3 Composite index of anthropometric failure and its important correlates: a study among under 5 children in a slum of Kolkata, West Bengal, India Aparajita Dasgupta, Sanjaya Kumar Sahoo, Pranita Taraphdar, P S Preeti, Dhiraj Biswas, Amitav Kumar, Ishita Sarkar, International Journal of Medical Science and public health 2015 Vol4 issue 3
 4 Impact of Visual impairment on day to day visual functioning : A cross sectional study among geriatric population in a rural area of West Bengal Somak Majumdar, Aparajita Dasgupta, Somnath Das, Mahul Mukhopadghyay International Archives of Integrated Medicine, Vol. 2, issue 2, Feb. 2015
 5 How healthy are the women in the Peri and post-menopausal age: A cross sectional study in a slum of Kolkata Madhureema Das, Aparajita Dasgupta, Medico Research Chronicles, Issue No.2394-39712015,2(1),108-114
 6 A community based study on hypertension and diabetes among adults in a rural area of West Bengal Sudipta Das, Aparajita Dasgupta, Malay Kumar Das, Amitav Kumar,  Dhiraj Biswas, Medico Research Chronicles, Issue No.2394-39712015.2(2),199-208
 7 Exploration of perception of contraceptives among married women in rural west Bengal Madhureema Das, Aparajita Dasgupta International Archives of Integrated Medicine, Vol.2, Issue 4,2015 Pages 119-125
 8 Effect of Maternal Exposure to Kitchen Fuel on Birth Weight of Newborn: A Community Based Study in a Rural Block of West Bengal Dasgupta Aparajita, Biswas Dhiraj, Sahoo Sanjay Kumr, Kumar Amitava and Preeti P.S. International Journal of Current Research Vol 7 Issue04,pp 15249-15253, April2015pages  30-36
 9 Perception towards No Scalpel Vasectomy(NSV): a Community Based Study among Married Males in a Rural Area of West Bengal Aparajita Dasgupta, Malay Kumar Das, Bhaskar Shahbabu, Kaushik Sarkar, Ishita Sarkar International Journal of Health Sciences and ResearchVol5,Issue 5,May 2015
 10 .Determinants of Breast Feeding Practices and Nutritional Status of Infants Under six Months in a Rural MCH Clinic of Hoogly District, West Bengal Amitava Kumar, Aparajita Dasgupta, Sudipto Das, Sanjaya Kumar Sahoo, Malay Kumar Das, Dhiraj Biswas, P S Preeti International Journal of Health Sciences and ResearchVol5,Issue 5,May 2015 pages54-59
 11 Unmet Need For Contraception: A Study Among Tribal Women In A District Of West Bengal Sudipta Das, Aparajita Dasgupta, Malay Kumar Das, Amitava Kumar, Dhiraj Biswas International Journal of Health Sciences Vol 5,Issue 6 June 2015P. 29-36
 12 An Assessment Of Nutritional Status And Feeding Practices Among Children (Under 2years) In A Slum Of Kolkata. Ishita Sarkar, Aparajita Dasgupta, Sudipta Das, Sanjaya Kumar Sahoo, Bhaskar Shahbabu International Journal of Health Sciences Vol 5,Issue 6 June 2015P. 37-46
 13 Conceptualization and Quantification of Perceived Stigma; A Study among Leprosy Affected Persons in A Block of Purulia District, West Bengal. Malay Kumar Das, Aparajita Dasgupta, Sudipta Das, Amitava Kumar, Dhiraj Biswas International Journal of Health Sciences Vol 5,Issue 6 June 2015P. 47-53
 14 Breastfeeding Knowledge among Antenatal Mothers: A Cross-Sectional Study in a Rural Area of west Bengal Dr Deepanjan Ray,Dr MD.Abdur Rahaman Dr Aparajita Dasgupta Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences Vol 14Issue 5 May 2015 pg 93-97
 15 Perception of HIV/AIDS:A Comparative Study Among Urban and Rural Adult Males Dr Malay Kumar Das,Dr Aparajita Dasgupta,Dr Sudipta Das,Dr Amitava Kumar,Dr Bhaskar Shahbabu Medico Research Chronicles2015.2(3),133-141
 16 An exploratory analysis of Knowledge and practice, job-related Difficulties and dissatisfaction of Ashas in rural india Adwitiya Das, Aparajita Dasgupta Int J Cur Res Rev | Vol 7 • Issue 10 • May 2015Pg 14-19
 17 A study on morbidity pattern, health care utilization and health expenditure in a urban Community of Kolkata Dr. Amitava Kumar, Dr. Aparajita Dasgupta, Dr. Sudipta Das, Dr. Sanjaya Kumar Sahoo, Dr. Dhiraj Biswas, Dr. P.S. Preeti Medico research choronicals, 2015 2(3), 353-358
 18 Is obesity among children a matter of concern? A cross sectional study in a slum of Kolkata. Dr. Dhiraj Biswas, Dr. Aparajita Dasgupta, Dr. Sanjaya Kumar Sahoo, Dr. P.S. Preeti International Journal of Medical Science & clinical intervention
 19 Knowledge regarding snake bite in rural Bengal – Are they still lingering on myths and misconceptions? Amitava Kumar1*, Aparajita Dasgupta Kumar Sahoo1 , Sudipta Das, P.S. Preeti International Archives of Integrated Medicine, Vol. 2, Issue 7, July 2015.
 20 A study on hypertension in geriatric population in a slum of Kolkata Dhiraj Biswas, Aparajita Das Gupta, Amitava Kumar, Sudipta Das, Sanjaya Kumar Sahoo, Malay Kumar Das, Aparna Pande Int J Med Sci Public Health. July 2015; 4(11):
 21 Gender preference and perception of PNDT: A community based study among ever married women in a rural area of West Bengal Ishita Sarkar1* , Aparajita Dasgupta Iaimjournal 2015; 2(6): 183-191.
 22 A Study On Lifestyle Related Risk Factors For Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Among Adolescent Boys Of A School Of Kolkata’ Dr Sukes Das,Dr Aparajita Dasgupta Antiseptic Nov 2015
 23 A study on health risk behavior of mid-adolescent school students in a rural and an urban area of West Bengal, India Nivedita Das, Dipankar Chattopadhyay, Sajib Chakraborty1 , Aparajita Dasgupta2 , Fasihul Akbar Archives Of Medicine Health Sciences Volume 3 | Issue 2 | July-December 2015
 24 How empowered are the women? : A cross sectional study in a slum area of Kolkata Pal J, Dasgupta A, Prabhakar R Indian Journal of Maternal and Child Health Apr-Dec;2015, 17(2)
 25 Quantification of Perception Status of Hand Washing Practice Among School Children in a Rural Area of West Bengal Dhiraj Biswas1, Sanjay Kr Sahoo, Aparajita Dasgupta, PS Preeti, Amitava Kumar, Sudipta Das Schorars Journal of Applied Medical Sciences (sjams) issn 2320-6691(online) sch. J.App. Med. Sci., 2015;3(4a):1683-1687
 26 Does India need Life Skill Education at all?*** Kaushik Sarkar, Aparajita Dasgupta, Mukti Pada Sinha Int.J.Preven. Curat. Comm. Med. Vol 1, No 2 (2015):38-40
 27 Domestic Violence and its Determinants: A cross-sectional study among women in a slum of Kolkata, West Bengal Aparajita Dasgupta, PS Preeti,  Sanjay Kr Sahoo, Dhiraj Biswas,  Amitava Kumar, Madhureema Das Indian Journal of Community Health/vol 27/issue no 03/ Jul-Sep 2015

2013 – 14

 1 Correlates of Anaemia and Worm Infestation among Rural Pregnant Women: A Cross Sectional Study from Bengal Sinjita Dutta, Sita Chatterjee, Debasish Sinha, Bobby Pal, Mausumi Basu, Aparajita Dasgupta National Journal of Community Medicine | Volume 4 | Issue 4 | Oct – Dec. 2013
 2 A Time Series Analysis on Indian Infant Mortality Rate 2003 – 2012 Soumalya Ray, Aparajita Dasgupta, Sourav Naiya, Trinath Sarkar, R. Partha Sarathi Journal of Young Medical Researchers, Vol. 1, Issue 2, January – July 2014
 3 Assessment of Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices among the Mothers in a Slum Area of Kolkata: A Cross-sectional Study Aparajita Dasgupta, Sourav Naiya, Soumalya Ray, Arnab Ghosal, Ram Pravakar, R. Partha Sarathi International Journal of Biological & Medical Research Int J Biol Med Res. 2014;5(1): 3855-3861
 4 Knowledge regarding reproductive and child health: an intervention study among ASHAs in a block of West Bengal
  1. Partha Sarathi, Aparajita Dasgupta, Ram Prabhakar V, Rahul Biswas, Sourav Naiya, A. Geethanjali
Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health, www.gjmedph.org Vol. 3, No. 2, 2014
 5 Children bear the brunt of negligence of the unorganized sector: A study in brick-kilns of Hooghly District, West Bengal Aparajita D, Sukesh D, Sudarsan M Indian Journal of Community Health, Vol. 25, No. 3, July 2013 – Sep. 2013
 6 Depression among the Geriatric Population is a Matter of Concern: A Community Based Study in a Rural Area of West Bengal Dasgupta A, Ray D, Roy S, Sarkar T, Ghosal A, Das A, Pal J Nepal Journal of Epidemiology 2013; 3(4): 282 – 287 Copyright @2013 CEA & INEA Published online by NepJOL – INASP www.nepjol.info/index.php/NIE
 7 A Cross-sectional study on client satisfaction of Anganwadicentres under integrated child development services (ICDS) scheme in a slum of Kolkata Ram Prabhakar V, Aparajita Dasgupta, Jayita Pal, R Partha Sarathi, Rahul Biswas, Sourav Naiya National Journal of community Medicine | Volume 5 | Issue 1 | Jan – Mar 2014
 8 Infant and Young Child Feeding Perceptions and Practices among Mothers in a Rural Area of West Bengal, India Das N, Chattopadhyay D, Chakraborty S, Dasgupta A Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research Volumn 3/No. 3/Jul 2013
 9 Can the availability of unrestricted financial support improve the quality of care of Thallasaemics in a centre with limited resource? Dr. Sudeshna Roy, Dr. Aparajita Dasgupta,Dr. Prantar Chakrabarti A single centre study from India Thallasaemia report 2013:3:e2, 6 – 10
 10 An assessment of nutritional status of children aged 0 – 14 years in a slum area of Kolkata Sudarsan Mandal, Ram Prabhakar V, Jayita Pal, R. Partha Sarathi, Rahul Biswas, International Journal of Medicine and Public Health |Apr-Jun 2014|Vol 4| Issue 2

2012-13

 1 Determinants of Menstrual Hygiene among Adolescent Girls: A Multivariate Analysis. Dasgupta Aparajita, Ray Sudeshna National Journal of Community Medicine April 2012;3 (2):294-30.
 2 An assessment of QOL and its determining factors of post-menopausal women in a rural area of West Bengal, India: A multivariate analysis. Ray Sudeshna. Dasgupta Aparajita International Journal of Medicine and Public Health, Vol 2, Issue 4, Oct-Dec, 2012, 12-19
 3 Risk Factors of at Risk Antenatal Mothers in a Rural area of West Bengal: A Cross-Sectional Study Das Sukesh, Dasgupta, Aparajita Antiseptic-August 2012
 4 Mental Health, Protective Factors and Violence among Male Adolescents: A Comparison between Urban and Rural School Students in West Bengal Amrita Samanta, Shuvankar Mukherjee, Santanu Ghosh, Aparajita Dasgupta Indian Journal of Public Health Volume 56, Issue 2, April – June 2012 page 155
 5 Sexual practices of people living with HIV/AIDS attending school of tropical medicine,Kolkata Pranita Taraphdar, Dasgupta Aparajita, Bibhuti Saha Indian Journal of Public Health (Indian J Public Health) Volume 56 | Issue3 July-September | 2012 | [pg.231]
 6 Depression and its determinants in the rural elderly of West Bengal -a cross sectional study Sanghamitra Maulik, Dasgupta Aparajita Int J Biol Med Res. 2012; 3(1): 1299-1302 |
 7 Disability among new leprosy patients, an issue of concern: An institution based study in an endemic district for leprosy in the state of West Bengal Jhuma Sarkar, Dasgupta Aparajita Debashis Dutt India, Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, Year 2012, Volume 78, Issue 3 [p. 328-334]
 8 S Socioeconomic consequences of HIV/AIDS in the family system. Taraphdar P., GuhaRay T., Haldar D., Chatterjee A, Dasgupta A,Saha B. Mallik Nigerian Medical Journal  |  Vol. 52 | Issue 4 | October-December | 2011
 9 Perceptional practice of family planning methods among rural Bengali mothers in an immunization clinic of West Bengal Dr. SanghamitraMaulik, Dasgupta Aparajita Indian Journal of Medical Specialities – accepted for publication

2011 – 12

 1 Morbidity Profile and Hidden Psychiatric Disorders Among Geriatric Women in a Village of West Bengal Sinjita Dutta, MausumiBasu, Palash Das Aparajita Dasgupta Journal of The Indian Academy of Geriatrics, 2013; 9: 6-10)
 2 Infant and Young Child Feeding Perceptions and Practices among Mothers in a Rural Area of West Bengal, India Das N, Chattopadhyay D, Chakraborty S, Dasgupta A Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research Volume 3 / No. 3 / Jul 2013
 3 Stigma and Access to HIV care among HIV-Infected women in Kolkata, West Bengal Dasgupta Sharoda, Patrick S. Sullivan,Dasgupta A, BibhutiSaha, Laura F. Salazar Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS care. April 2011 Published online
 4 Determinants of low birth weight in a Block of Hooghly, West Bengal: A multivariate analysis. Basu Rivu,Dasgupta A International Journal Biological Medical Research. 2011; Oct 2 (4): 838-842
 5 Socioeconomic consequences of HIV / AIDS in the family system
  1. Taraphdar, Rray T. Guha, D. Halder, A. Chatterjee,Dasgupta A, B. Saha, S. Mallik
Nigerian Medical Journal |Vol. 52| Issue 4| October – December | 2011 page 253
 6 Depression and its determinants in the rural elderly population of West Bengal: A Cross-sectional Study I SanghamitraMaulik,Dasgupta A International Journal. Biological Medical Research. 2012; 3(1): 1299 – 1302

2010 – 11

 1 Assessment of Malnutrition Among Adolescents: Can BMI be Replaced by MUAC Arindam Butt, Aparajita Dasgupta, Tushar Kanti Saha Indian Journal of Community Medicine, Vol 35, No. 2 April-June, 2010 Pg 276
 2 Relationship of Personal Hygiene with Nutrition and Morbidity Profile Soumya Deb, Sinjita Dutta, Dasgupta A Indian Journal of Community Medicine, Vol 35, No. 2 April-June, 2010 Pg 280
 3 A Study on the Perception of General Practitioners of a Locality in Kolkata regarding RNTCP and DOTS Aparajita Dasgupta, Amitabha Chattopadhyay Indian Journal of Community Medicine, Vol 35, No. 2 April-June, 2010 Pg 344
 4 How sensitive is detection of pallor for diagnosis of Anaemia: A community based study among children of an Urban Slum of Kolkata Tanusree Mondal, Aparajita Dasgupta The Antiseptic Vol 108 No. 1 & P January 2011’30-32
 5 Morbidity pattern with special emphasis on musculoskeletal symptoms among women engaged in a home based “Papad Making” industry in a Kolkata slum Aparajita Dasgupta,Nivedita Das The AntisepticVol 108 No. 2 & P February 2011; 84-88
 6 Substance use among adolescent high school students in India: A survey of knowledge, attitude and opinion DechenlaTsering, Ranabir Pal, Aparajita Dasgupta Journal Pharma & Bio Sciences April-June 2010 Vol 2 Isue 2 Page 137
 7 Perceptions of people living with HIV/AIDS PranitaTaraphdar, TapobrataGuha Ray, DibakraHaldar, Aparajita Dasgupta, BibhutiSaha Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 64, No. 10, October 2010

2009 – 10

 1 Sexual practice and perception of HIV / AIDS amongst men who sex with men in Kolkata Soumya Deb,Sinjita Dutta, Aparajita Dasgupta, Biswajit Biswas Indian Journal of Community Medicine July-Sept 2009/Vol. 34/Issue 3/page 206
 2 Role of health sector contingency plan in emergency preparedness and response: Orissa experience
  1. Biswas, Aparajita Dasgupta
Indian Journal of Public Health July-Sept. 2009/Vol 53/No. 3/Page 199
 3 Sexual practices and symptomatology of men who have sex with men and other male clients in a STD clinic of Kolkata – A comparative study Soumya Deb,Sinjita Dutta, Aparajita Dasgupta, The Antiseptic September 2009/Vol/106/No. 9 page 434
 4 Observations of Noise induced hearing loss in a heavy engineering industry in Kolkata Aparajita Dasgupta, N. Manna, M Sau Indian Journal of Public Health Oct – Dec. 2009/Vol. 53/No. 4/Page 214
 5 Coital debut of people living with HIV/AIDS attending school of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata
  1. Taraphdar, Aparajita Dasgupta, B. Sinha
Indian Journal of Public Health Oct – Dec. 2009/Vol. 53/No. 4/Page 240
 6 Feeding practices of children in An Urban slum of Kolkata Seema Roy, Aparajita Dasgupta, Bobby Pal Indian Journal of Community Medicine Oct – Dec. 2009/Vol. 34/No. 4/Page 362
 7 Physical activity pattern among the adolescents of rural community in West Bengal Seema Roy, Aparajita Dasgupta Indian Journal of Community Medicine Oct – Dec. 2009/Vol. 34/No. 4/Page 366
 8 A study on pattern of substance abuse among adolescents in a rural area of West Bengal Aparajita Dasgupta, Amotabha Chattopadhdyay, Arindam Butt The Antiseptic January 2010/Vol. 107/No. 1/Page 26

5.  Other Achievements of Last Five Years

Field Training
  1. Comprehensive Family  health care and Community Diagnosis in urban and rural  field practice area.(6 months each).
  2. Diagnose, classify,manage treat and follow-up of communicable and non-communicable diseases in both community and institutional setting and in doing so demonstrate skills in clinical methods.
  3. Diet Survey clinical diagnosis of nutritional deficiencies like VAD, IDD, PEM, Recommendations regarding diet especially for different health disorders(PEM, Diabetes, Hypertension).
  4. School health
  5. Use of essential lab techniques preferably in a public health laboratory both for screening and diagnosis purpose, practicing procedures like collection of smear and staining and examination of microscope for AFB (Tuberculosis and Leprosy), Parasites (Malaria, Filaria).
  6. Exposure to public health problems, health system research and evaluation studies.
  7. Evaluating I.E.C. activities and training of health workers in disease surveillance, control and treatment health education.
  8. Evaluation of National health Programs.
Classroom  Activities

Presentation by the students in the presence of their peers, teachers and other experts.

  1. Seminar on relevant topics on public health issues (at least 3 per student) is conducted for updating the students for the latest development in various aspects of public health.
  2. Journal Club (at least 3 articles per student) is conducted where critical evaluation of published articles from a national or international journal is done.
  3. Protocol, questionnaire and analysis of individual thesis.
  4. Research work: Beyond the thesis work at least 4 short studies per student are conducted during the 3 years tenure of this post graduate course.
  5. Family care and clinico-social cases (at least 3 each per student) studied in the rural and urban field practice areas of the Institute and are presented in the classroom.
  6. Lectures and classes taken by the faculty usually once a month.
  7. Practice of epidemiological, statistical exercise are done from time to time.
  8. Guest lectures on topics related to the latest development of public health are taken frequently.
  9. Frequent visits to institutions/organisations of public health interest help the students for a first hand experience of public health practice in different settings.

6.  Faculty

Sl. No. Name Designation Educational Qualification Subject/Area of Specialization
 1  Dr. Aparajita Dasgupta Director Professor and Head of the Department MD (SPM) Public Health
 2  Dr. Lina Bandyopadhyay Assistant Professor MBBS, DPH,  MD(SPM) Public Health
3  Dr. BobbyPaul Assistant Professor MBBS, DCH,  MD (Community Medicine) Public Health

All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health