The Department of Community Health Sciences at Al-Aleem Medical College has been established with a view of bringing in innovative concepts based on cross-cutting strategies in the fields of Community Medicine and Public Health. The emphasis is on the prevention of disease and improvements in individual and population health. As prevention of illness is the backbone of any comprehensive health care program, our major focus is to introduce culinary and exercise medicine in the curricula of graduate studies and also to incorporate them into patient and client care, via the establishment of a Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at the hospital. The aim is to provide holistic care to patients/clients who visit the hospital for treatment of various disease conditions.
Furthermore, we have a strong research base in community oriented research and encourage our students and faculty to undertake both basic and applied research to benefit the community at large. For this we have a robust research teaching component in all our graduate curricula, followed by research projects for the students. For the faculty, research workshops and CME programs are routinely conducted to build up their research capacities. We encourage both students and the faculty to disseminate knowledge through publication of their findings in peer reviewed national and international journals of repute.
The full alignment of mind, body and soul requires not only a focus on the physical body but also to aim for optimal cognitive and spiritual health as aptly indicated by the definition of Health: “Health is a dynamic state of physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. In essence, our future plans are to introduce other evidence based modalities addressing cognitive health and healing into the existing mainstream health delivery system for complete patient care.