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Message from the Head of the department

Welcome to the official website of the Department of Community Medicine. Our department, housed in level one of block A, is one of the most active departments in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo with a vision to be a leading centre in community medicine in the South Asian region.

The main function of this department is teaching and training undergraduates in Community Medicine which runs as Community Steam from the first year to the final year. We also contribute to teach community perspectives of other subjects in the undergraduate curriculum. Outside the faculty we contribute to teaching in the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, other faculties of the University of Colombo and Other Universities.

The department is involved in many other teaching, service and research activities. University Community Health Project (UCHP) in the Pitakotte Medical Officer of Health area is the training area for Community Medicine. Many services are provided to people in this area from the department. Some of those are Clinics for Senior Citizens, Health Promotion Clinic for Working adults and Maternal and Child Health Clinics.

Multitude of other training programs such as Certificate courses in occupational health and safety, nutrition and dietetics, biostatistics and epidemiology, health care waste management and workshops on professionalism, soft skills development are some other training programs offered.

Staff of the department is involved in a many diverse research projects some of which are infant feeding, mind and soft skills development through meditation, obesity, critical care, epidemiology and many more.

The electives offered by the department include subjects of preventive health, public health, health management, insight meditation and non-communicable diseases.

All members of the department enjoy two team building trips each year and it has helped to keep a high team spirit and high work output. Over the past three years the department has produced 42 research papers in peer reviewed journals 114 presentations in scientific forums, 3 books and 28 other publications

 The department has a policy of mutual support and compassionate camaraderie in all its activities. This has made the department one of the happiest and high performing teams in the faculty. 

Dr. Manuj C Weerasinghe


MBBS MSc(Com. Med.) MD(Com. Med.),

  • Head, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.
  • Chief Medical Officer of Health, Pitakotte MOH division
  • Head, Health Systems Research Unit of the Department of Community Medicine