Union Cabinet gives nod to B.Sc. Community Health course
The Union Cabinet approved a 3-year Bachelor of Science (Community Health) course in State Universities. The course will start from the academic year 2014-15.
What is the purpose of introducing B.Sc. Community Health in State Universities?
The government plans to set up a specialized cadre of Community Health Officers who will be posted at sub-centres in rural areas, functioning under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, where they can provide basic health care. As proposed, persons belonging to rural areas will study a three-year course on basic anatomy, and diagnosis and treatment of basic ailments. The focus of training will be on conducting normal deliveries, pre-and anti-natal care, handling diarrhea, pneumonia, vaccination, providing tuberculosis treatment and treatment of fevers and skin infections. The Health Ministry believes that these professionals will eventually be absorbed by the State Health Departments and will subsequently be posted to higher levels of health care facilities.