Community Medicine also known as Preventive & Social Medicine (PSM) discipline or a Social & Preventive Medicine discipline aims at the overall wellbeing of the community. It is the only branch which sees an individual as a human being with its social milieu over and above the bundle of biological systems.
PSM discipline is multi-disciplinary branch. It has evolved as both basic science and applied subject. Two important concern of PSM are Health Promotion & Prevention of disease at all stages in the community. The understanding of PSM subject is important to all branches of Medicine; at the same time its deep understanding and skills helps in health policy formation, planning & implementation. The subject embraces Epidemiology, Sociology, Biostatistics, Nutrition, Health Management, Health Communication, Health Environment and Medical Entomology, Health system and Health Programs, Health related policies and laws.