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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 addressed a wide range of issues in the field of public health. The department has a 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 works and 1 thesis work, based on public health problems, health system research and evaluation studies.
  2. Preparation of and finalization of the protocol for the thesis is done within 6 months of admission to the course.
  3. Thesis completion and submission to the 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 presented in the State and National Conference.

4.  Publications by the Department / Health Centre

 

Sl No. Study Title Authors Journal
2018
1. Unmet need of family planning among married women of reproductive age: Mallick N, Paul B, Garg S, Dasgupta A,   Ghosh A,   Biswas B. A clinic based study in rural Bengal International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health  2018; 7: DOI: 10.5455/ijmsph. 2018. 1233017122017
2. Assessment of self-care practices among hypertensive patients: a clinic based study in rural area of Singur, West Bengal. Dasgupta A, Sembiah S, Paul B, Ghosh A, Biswas B, Mallick N. International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health 2018 Jan;5(1): 262-267.
3. War Against Tobacco: Where do we stand? Saha I, Paul B. Indian Journal of Public Health 2018; 62: 55-7.
4.  Knowledge of the caregivers of thalassemic children regarding thalassemia: Across‑sectional study in a tertiary care health facility of Eastern India. Biswas B, Naskar NN, Basu R, Dasgupta A, Paul B, Basu K. Iraqi J Hematol 2018: PREPRINT STATUS
5. Predictors of smokeless tobacco consumption among women: a community based study in a slum of Kolkata. Dasgupta A, Pal M, Paul B, Bandyopadhyay L. Int J Community Med Public Health 2018;5:1812-6.
6.  Common Ocular Morbidity among Elderly: A Study in a Slim of Kolkata,  Mallik N, Pal B, Garg S, Karmakar A, Dasgupta A, Muthu S.  West Bengal. Med J D Y PatilVidyapeeth 2018; 11: 22-7
7. Predictors of smokeless tobacco consumption among women: a community based study in a slum of Kolkata. .  Dasgupta A, Pal M, Paul B, Bandyopadhyay L.  Int J Community Med Public Health 2018;5:1812-6
8.  Health status of field level female health personnel: Study in a rural area of West Bengal;  Roychoudhury N, Dasgupta A, Roy K, Bandyopadhyay L, Mandal S, Paul B.  International Journal of Applied Research; June 2018; 8(6): 77-78
9.   Menstrual hygiene management in India: The Concerns.  Sinha RN, Paul B.  Indian J Public Health 2018; 62:71-4

2017

1. Influencers of childhood over nutrition: a cross sectional study among primary school children in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Dasgupta A, Bhattacharyya A, Paul B, Bandyopadhayay L. International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics 2017; 4(4):1434-1438.
2 Quality of life among menopausal women: A community –based study in a rural area of West Bengal Nabarun Karmakar, Somak Majumdar, A. Dasgupta, Sulagna Das Journal of Mid life health: Volume 8: Issue1:January-March 2017
3 Intervention for improvement of knowledge on anemia prevention: A School based study in a rural area of West Bengal Lina Bandyopadhyay, MuktisadhanMaiti, Aparajita Dasgupta, Bobby Paul Int. J Health Allied Sci April-June2017, Volume 6, Issue 04, 269-74
4 Mental health status among nurses in a tertiary care hospital, Kolkata Dr.MuktisadhanMaiti, Dr.Sibani Dutta, Dr.Debadatta Chakraborty, Dr.Aparajita Dasgupta, Dr.Manjula M. European Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2017 Vol4,Issue 04,365-376
 5 A study on Assessment of Nutritional status of under five children using a composite index of Anthropometric Failure (CIAF) in a rural area of Singur Block, Hooghly District, West Bengal Dr.Manjula M. Dr. Lina Bandyopadhyay, Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Dr. Bhaswati Sengupta, Dr.Aparajita Dasgupta, Dr.Sembagamuthu Sembiah Indian Journal of Applied Research : Volume 7|Issue 4| April 2017|
6 Is Ramadan Fasting Cardio-protective? A Study in a Village of West Bengal. Aparajita Dasgupta, Shobhit Garg, Bobby Paul, Swanya Prabha Maharana, Lina Badhopadhya, Nazrul Mallick  Indian Journal of Community Health, , v. 29, n. 2, June 2017.
 7 Effects of health empowerment intervention on the resilience of adolescents in a tribal area: A study using the Solomon four-groups design Kaushik Sarkar Aparajita Dasgupta Multipada Sinha BhaskarShahbabu Social Science Medicine, Vol 190,Oct 2017 Pages265-274
8 Dietary diversity among women of reproductive age: New evidence from an observational study in a slum of Kolkata Manika Pal, Bobby Paul, Aparajita Dasgupta International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 2017 | Vol 6 | Issue 8
9 Assessment of self-care activities: A study among type 2 diabetic patients in a rural area of West Bengal Shobhit Garg, Bobby Paul, Aparajita Dasgupta, Swanya Prabha Maharana International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 2017 | Vol 6 | Issue 7
10 Sensitivity and specificity of waist circumference as a single screening tool for assessment of overweight and obesity.  Karmakar A, Garg S, Dasgupta A, Paul B, Maharana SP.  International journal of Community Medicine and Public Health 2017; 4(11):  4254-4258
11 Sleep Deprivation Among Students Of A Post Graduate Institute , Kolkata : A Cross-Sectional Study Shobhit Garg, Aparajita Dasgupta, Bobby Paul, Swanya Prabha Maharana Indian journal of applied research Volume – 7 | Issue – 5 | May – 2017
12. How vulnerable are our adolescents to non communicable diseases/ A school based study in Kolkata. Dasgupta A, Karmakar A, BandyopadhyayL,Garg S, Paul B, Dey A. International Journal of Health and Allied Sciences 2017; 6(4): 199-203
13. Perception of prevention of Japanese Encephalitis with emphasis on its vaccination programme: A community based study in a slum of Kolkata. Dey A, Dasgupta A, Paul B, BandyopadhyayL,Garg S. International Journal of Public Health Research 2017; 7(2): 845-51.
14. Staus of birth preparedness and complication readiness among recently delivered women: a community based study in a slum of Kolkata, West Bengal. Ghosh A, Dasgupta A, Paul B,Bandyopadhyay L, Sembiah S, Mallick N. International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health 2017; 4(9): 3256-60.
15.  Screening for malnutrition among the elderly with MNA scale: a clinic based study in a rural area of West Bengal. Ghosh A, Dasgupta A, Paul B, Sembiah S, Biswas B International Journal of Contemporary Medical Research 2017;4(9):1978-1982.
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Storage, reuse, and disposal of unused medications: A cross-sectional study among rural households of Singur, West Bengal Swanya Prabha Maharana, Bobby Paul, Aparajita Dasgupta, Shobhit Garg International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 2017 | Vol 6 | Issue 7
 17 Quality of Infrastructure of Anganwadi Centres in A Rural Area of West Bengal: An Evaluation Study. Sembiah S, Dasgupta A, Paul B, Bandyopadhyay L, Biswas B, Ghosh A Indian Journal of Applied Research. 2017 June;7(6): 64-66
 18 Urinary Incontinence, its Risk Factors, and Quality of Life; A Study among Women Aged 50 years and above in a Rural Health Facility of west Bengal Bijit Biswas, AritraBhattacharyya, Aparajita Dasgupta, Anubrata Karmakar, Nazrul Mallick,Sembagamuthu Sembiah Journal of Mid-Life Health, Vol 8 Issue 3 July-September 2017 Pg 130-6
 19 Effectiveness of first‑aid training on school students in Singur Block of Hooghly District, West Bengal Lina Bandyopadhyay, M. Manjula , Bobby Paul Aparajita Dasgupta Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care 40 Volume 6  Issue 1 : January-March 2017 Pg:39-42.
 20 Screening antenatal anxiety: Predicting its effect on fetal growth Kaushik Sarkar, Goutam Das, Ranadip Chowdhury, Bhaskar Shahbabu, Ishita Sarkar, SantuMaiti, Aparajita Dasgupta Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care 132 Volume 6 : Issue 1 : January-March 2017 Pg 131-5.
 21 Analysis of Survival Data:Challenges and Algorithm- Based Model Selection Kaushik Sarkar, Ranadip Chowdhury, Aparajita Dasgupta Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2017June,Vol-11(6):LC14-LC20
22. Perception of hazards of tobacco use: effect of educational intervention among school students in a suburban area of West Bengal. Dey A, Dasgupta A, Paul B, Sembiah S, Garg S Indian Journal of Applied Research 2017; 7(10): 21-23.
23. Quantification of vulnerability to Type 2 diabetes: A study among shopkeepers in Kolkata. Dasgupta A, Biswas B, Paul B, Bandyopadhyay L, Ghosh A, Sembiah S Med J DY Patil Univ 2017; 10: 417-23.
 24. Research submission: Some technicalities and vital links. Saha I, Paul B Medical Journal Armed Forces India November 2017. DOI 10.1016/j.mjafi.2017.10.006
 25.  Physical injury: Is it inevitable or preventable? an experience from a Tertiary Care Hospital of Kolkata, West Bengal. Paul B, Sinha D, Misra R, Basu M, Ray S  Med J DY Patil University 2017;10: 568-72.
 26.  Quantification of pregnant mothers’ intention towards infant and young child feeding: a clinic based study in rural West Bengal, India.  Dasgupta A, Maharana SP, Paul B, Garg S  Tanzania Journal of Health Research 2017; 19(3): 1 – 9.
27. Nicotine dependence and its correlates among the adult tobacco users in a slum of Burdwan District, WB, India. Saha I, Kamirul I, Paul B, Som TK. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.2017; 6(4): 813-8.
28. Predictors of morbidity profile and feeding practices of children less than 24 months of age: a community based study in a slum area of Kolkata. Biswas B, Dasgupta A. International Journal of scientific research October 2017 ;6 (10):24-27
29. Sensitivity and specificity of waist circumference as a single screening tool for assessment of overweight and obesity .  Karmakar A, Garg  S, Dasgupta A, Paul B, Maharana S P. Int J Community Med Public Health 2017;4:4254-8.
30. Unplanned pregnancy among married women: an exploratory study in a rural area of Bengal. Pal,M,  Bandyopadhyay L, Dasgupta A. Int J Community Med Public Health 2017;4:4101-6.
31. Perceptions of Accredited Social Health Activists Regarding Teen Age Pregnancy: A Qualitative study in a Rural Area of West Bengal, India. Bhattacharyya A, Biswas B, Garg S, Dey A, Dasgupta A. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2017; 11(12): LC09-LC14.

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 Sahoo  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 Perception of Japanese Encephalitis and its vaccination: an experience from a rural area of Hoogly District, West Bengal KajariBandhopadhay,Aparajita Dasgupta, Bobby Paul, Lina Bandhapadhay,Dr Shamita Mondal Journal of Communicable Disease2016; 48(4): 1-5.
 4 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
 5 Impact of health education on awareness of HIV/AIDS among school children in rural West Bengal, India SulagnaDas,AmiyaDas,Aparajita Dasgupta International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health  2016, 3(10): 2932-2939″,
 6 Quality of life among menopausal women. Is it still an enigma?
Somak Majumdar, Aparajita Dasgupta
Indian Journal of Community Health Vol.28,Issue No4,Oct-Dec 2016
 7 Antenatal Mothers:Exploring their perception of breastfeeding in a village of West Bengal,India. Somak Majumdar, Aparajita Dasgupta, Mahul Mukhopadhay, Somnath Das International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health,2016 Jan;3(1):353-358
 8 A nema and its determinants among women of reproductive age of a slum in Kolkata; A focus group discussion among health workers in a slum of Kolkata Aparajita Dasgupta,1 Kaushik Sarkar,1 Ranadip Chowdhury,2 Arindam Ray,3 and Bhaskar Shahbabu1 Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care 5(2)April-June 2016
 9 A study on hypertension and comparability between one reading and average of three readings of blood pressure by mercury sphy gmomanometer  among adults in a slum of Kolkata. Nabarun Karmakar, Saugat Banerjee, Amiya  Das, Aparajita Dasgupt, Mahul Mukhopadgyay Journal of Research in Medical and Dental Science| Vol.4| Issue4/October-December 2016
 10 Work Related Musculoskeletal Morbidity among Tailors: A Cross Sectional Study in a Slum of Kolkata Bandyopadhyay L, Dasgupta A, Paul B, Chattopadhyay O. Banerjee S, Bandyopadhyay L, Dasgupta A, Paul B, Chattopadhyay O Kathmandu Univ Med J  VOL. 14 | NO. 4 | ISSUE 56 | OCT.-DEC. 2016 Page 305
 11 Does Women Empowerment Predict Contraceptive Use? A Study in a Rural Area of Hooghly District, West Bengal. Dasgupta A, Bandyopadhyay K, Bandyopadhyay L, Paul B, & Banerjee S. Indian Journal of Community Health, 2016; 28(3).
 12 Variation in blood pressure among adolescent schoolchildren in an urban slum of Kolkata, West Bengal Maiti M, Bandyopadhyay L. Postgrad Med J 2016;0:1–5.

2015

 1 Effectiveness of learning intervention on basic life support and cardiopulmonary 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, Shobhit Garg, Bobby Paul, Swanya Prabha Maharana, Lina Badhopadhya, Nazrul Mallick Indian Journal of Community Health, , v. 29, n. 2, June 2017.
 6 Effects of health empowerment intervention on resilience of adolescents in a tribal area: A study using the Solomon four-groups design Kaushik Sarkar  Aparajita Dasgupta , Multipada Sinha Bhaskar Shahbabu JSocial Science Medicine Vol 190,Oct 2017 Pages265-274
 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

5A. Activities of Department of P.S.M., AIIH&PH,  Kolkata (November 2017- June 2018)

Field Activities/ Programme

  1. Observation of World Diabetes Day on 14th November 2017 at Auditorium, AIIH &PH, Main Campus was done with 53 participants of West Bengal Voluntary Health Association.
  2. A five day short course on Research Methodology was conducted for 25 post graduate students of medical, nursing, veterinary and allied biomedical sciences was conducted in collaboration with Department of Statistics at BN Campus on 27th November to 1st December 2017.
  3. Junior Residents and Faculty attended Training on National Leprosy Eradication Programme conducted by Regional Leprosy Training and Research Institute, Gauripur from 17/1/18 to 18/1/18.
  4. One-day program to assess and sensitize school students regarding the Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation programme in two schools of Singur, Gobindapur P.C. Vidyayatan and Mollasimla High Madrasa was organized on 8th February 2018
  5. One-day health camp at Alipore Criminal Court Bar Association premises on 16th February, 2018 for 130 lawyers was conducted by Junior Residents
  6. On 21st March 2018 to inculcate healthy habits and to sensitize school children about safe and wholesome lifestyle, a Health Mela was organized on 21st March 2018 in the premises of Ramanath High School at Ananda Nagar village
  7. Academic Visit To Indira Gandhi Water Works, Palta, Barrackpore (23rd March, 2018) was organized for second year Junior Residents of MD,DPH and MPH course
  8. Junior Residents were involved as external monitors in monitoring IPPI Programme during 26th , 27th& 29th March 2018 at high risk migratory (e.g. Slums with migration) and settled areas as well as monitoring mobile populations (e.g. Ferry ghats, markets) organized by  National Polio Surveillance Project (Kolkata unit), WHO
  9. School Health Camp at a Secondary School in Behala, South 24 Pgs was organized and health check up was done for 178 children (Class 5 – 10) on 23rd May 2018
  10. The faculties of Department of PSM of our institute, A.I.I.H.& P.H., Kolkata arranged an academic visit to Marine House and Kidderpore Dock, one of the eight international ports in India, on 13th June, 2018 for all 2ndyear MD.CM, DPH, MPH PGTS. Along with the faculties of department of PSM, faculties of department of PHA also accompanied the students on that day.
  11. Sensitization programme for the Rural Medical Practitoners regarding the RNTCP Updates and Notification was organized by the Dept. of PSM, on 29/06/18 at RHU&TC, Singur

Research Work

  • Ongoing Thesis Work: 17
  • Short studies done: 16 (from Oct 2017 – March 2018)
  • Ongoing short studies: 18 (from April 2018 on wards)

Awards received:

  • National level Quiz IAPSMCON 2018- 2nd Runner Up team:  Dr. Shobhit Garg, Dr. Tania Pan, Dr. Munu Mohanta
  • Dr Shobhit Garg was awarded PC Sen Best Paper Award on ‘Rural Health Practice’ at IPHACON 2018
  • Swanyaprabha Maharana was awarded- SD Gaur Best Paper Award on ‘Environmental Health Practice’ at IPHACON 2018
  • Dr Tania Pan was awarded 2nd Prize for poster presentation in Professor Ranadeb Biswas Memorial Poster Competition in State Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (4-5 May 2018)
  • Dr Nivedita Roy Chowdhury was awarded 3rd Prize for poster presentation in Professor Ranadeb Biswas Memorial Poster Competition in State Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (4-5 May 2018)
  • The team of Dr Tania Pan and Dr SoumitRoy was awarded 1st Prize at State level PG Quiz Competition held at State Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (4-5 May 2018)

 

Papers presented in Conference:

  1. National Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine IAPSMCON (9 – 11 March 2018) : 11
  2. State Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (4-5 May 2018):3
  3. National Conference of Indian Public Health Association IPHACON (9-11 February 2018) – 10
  4. World NCD Congress (4-6 November 2017) – 3

DETAILS:

                                         Paper presentations at National conferences

                                         IAPSMCON 2018(held at  9th -11th March 2018)

Oral presentation

Dr. Shobhit Garg

Vitamin D insufficiency risk score for screening for vitamin D insufficiency                                                                                                                  (presented at Kalu Ram Memorial Award category)

Dr. Tania Pan

Assessment of glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes: A clinic-based study in a slum of Kolkata                                            (presented at Vijay Narain Award category)

Dr. Rajarshi Banerjee

Prediction of 10 Years Risk of Cardiovascular Disease among Adults Aged 30-49 Years Residing in South Kolkata, West Bengal

E-Poster presentation

Dr. Keya Roy

Pattern of Medication Adherence among Elderly Suffering from Chronic Diseases: A Clinic Based Study in Rural West Bengal

Dr. Sweta Suman

Distribution and Determinants of Post-partum  Amenorrhea in a Slum of Kolkata

Dr. Jayeeta Burman

Perception of married women of reproductive age group towards permanent sterilization in a slum of Kolkata

Dr. Amal Titto V. Augustine

Intention to Quit Tobacco Smoking and its Predictors among Adult Male Smokers at Singur, West Bengal

Dr. Nivedita Roychoudhury

Perception of Antenatal Mothers towards Infant Feeding Practices: A Study in a Rural Area of West Bengal

Dr. MunuMohanta

An Epidemiological Study on Ocular Morbidities among School Students in an Urban Area of South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

 

National Quiz IAPSMCON 2018

*2nd Runner Up team: Dr. Shobit Garg, Dr. Tania Pan, Dr. Munu Mohanta

                               IPHACON 2018 (held at 9-11th February 2018)

Oral presentation

Dr. Shobit Garg

Sun Exposure and Vitamin D in rural India

(* Awarded –PC Sen Best Paper Award on ‘Rural Health Practice’)

Dr. Swanyaprabha  Maharana

Exposure to Indoor Air pollution and its perceived impact on the health of women and children: A household survey in slum of Kolkata

(* Awarded- SD Gaur Best Paper Award on ‘Environmental Health Practice’)

Dr. Aritra Bhattacharya

Assessment of the quality, availability and marketing of socially marketed and government supplied health consumables in a rural area of West Bengal

(Award category presentation– PC Sen Best Paper Award on ‘Rural Health Practice’)

Poster presentation

Dr. Tania Pan

Quality of Life of Elderly People in a Rural Area of West Bengal: A Community-based Study

Dr. Nivedita Roychoudhury

Health Status of Field Level Health Personnel: A Study in a rural area of West Bengal

Dr. AmalTitto V. Augustine

Knowledge and Practices of Pregnant Women Regarding Iron and Folic acid supplementation at Singur, West Bengal

Dr. Jayeeta Burman

A study on oral hygiene among students of a secondary school in Harinabhi, South 24 parganas, West Bengal

Dr. Sweta  Suman

A School Based Study on Overnutrition and its Determinants in an Urban Area of Kolkata

Dr. Keya Roy

Correlates of Nutritional Status among Under-Five Children in Singur: A Rural Area of West Bengal

Dr. Rajarshi Banerjee

Resilience level among adolescent children: A school based study in Kolkata, India

 

E Poster Presentations by Junior Residents at  World NCD Congress (5-7th November 2018) at PGIME&R Chandigarh

 

SL. NO. TITLE OF THE PAPER PRESENTER AND DATE OF PRESENTATION
1. “Is dyslipidemia associated with menstrual abnormality? A study among women of reproductive age group in rural West Bengal, India” Dr.Swanyaprabha Maharana

on 4th November 2017

2. “Vitamin D insufficiency and cardiovascular risk factors: A cross-sectional study among adults in a rural block of West Bengal, India” Dr.Shobhit Garg

on 4th November 2017

3. “Healthy food knowledge: A healthy choice for prevention of childhood obesity” Dr.Aritra Bhattacharyya              on 5th November 2017

5B.  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 Areas of Expertise Achievements
1. Dr. Bobby  Paul  Assistant Professor and Head of the Department MBBS, DCH,  MD (Community Medicine) Public Health Bioethics, Child health, Biostatistics
  • Author of book titled “Essentials of Biostatistics”,2nd Edition, published by Academic Publishers.
  • 62 publications in National and International Journals (till June 2018)
 2. Dr. Aparajita Dasgupta Director, Professor MD (SPM) Public Health
  • Research, analysis and guidance on various issues of public health at both community and facility level.
  • Teaching and training of Post graduate students at both class and field level.
  • More than 150 publications in both national and international journals
  • Convener of MD(CM) examination for more than 10 years
  • Paper setter and Moderator of MD(CM) question papers of various Health Universities
3. Dr. Lina Bandyopadhyay Public Health Specialist, Gr.I, Equated Asst. Professor MBBS, DPH,  MD(SPM) Public Health WHO Fellowship in Thailand on “Innovative Sex Education”
4. Dr. Shamita Mandal Senior Medical Officer(CHS) MBBS, DPH Public Health

 

 

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