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    Faculties in department

  • 203

    Books in departmental library

  • 68

    Research publications

  • 1

    Dedicated Urban Health Training Centre and 1 Rural Health Training Centre

  • MBBS

    MD and PhD Courses




  • The Department of Community Medicine at SMIMS was established in 2001. It aims to inculcate in the students the value-based education.
  • Academic activities include teaching and training in Public Health, epidemiology, statistics, community diagnosis, research projects through interactive classroom teaching, clinical postings in the community, involvement in National Health Programmes and health education projects to Medical undergraduate  and Post graduate students.
  • The department contributes immensely to empower the undergraduates as physicians of first contact in the rural areas and postgraduates as public health Specialist ensuring equity and quality health care.


  • Leadership in Public Health, with excellence in quality of education and originality in research 
  • To be a preferred department of choice for PG students, health planners , faculty and researchers 
  • To promote quality research for advancement and dissemination of knowledge and implementation of it through community service 
  • Employing innovative models and methods of education to help the students to become both Public Health practitioners and academician and enhance the overall academic standard
  • To equip the faculties with adequate expertise so that they can provide effective consultancy for Health care planning and management
  • To undertake all such activities necessary for the growth of the university







  • Use epidemiology as a scientific tool to make rational decisions relevant to communities and individuals for preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative care.
  • Diagnose and manage public health problems prevailing in the community keeping in mind the existing health care system in the context of the prevailing socio-cultural beliefs.
  • Guides the health system at policy, planning, implementing and evaluation level.



For MBBS Students

  • The Indian Medical Graduate would have obtained the following set of competencies at the time of graduation:
  1. Clinician, who understands and provides preventive, promotive, curative, palliative and holistic care with compassion.
  2. Leader and member of the health care team and system
  3. Communicator with patients, families, colleagues and community
  4. Lifelong learner committed to continuous improvement of skills and knowledge
  5. Lifelong learner committed to continuous improvement of skills and knowledge
  6. Professional who is committed to excellence, is ethical, responsive and accountable to patients, community and the profession

For MD Students

  • The purpose of PG education in community medicine is to create specialists who would provide high quality health care and advance the cause of science through research & training.
  1. To create a skilled cadre of medical professionals having expertise in the application of principles of Public Health, Community Medicine and applied epidemiology, contributing meaningfully in formulating National Health Policies & Programmes with a systems approach for overall human development.
  2. To standardize the teaching & training approaches at post- graduate level, for Community Medicin
  3. Research: To formulate research questions, do literature search, conduct study with an appropriate study design and study tool; conduct data collection and management, data analysis and report.



  • On: State Task force on Immunization           
  • Rotavirus Immunization through UHC          
  • Human Papilloma Virus vaccination of adolescent girls          
  • State Task force in Tuberculosis




"Recognizing the role of Public Health as a critical part of the larger concept of health care delivery ensures a holistic and quality-driven system"

Dr. Dechenla Tshering Bhutia ,MD,MPH, ACME

Professor and Head of the Department




1. UHTC (Urban Health Training Centre)

Urban health Centre under the department of Community Medicine is located in Tadong at a distance of 3 km from SMIMS campus. It provides OPD and immunization services to the community. Various outreach activities like camps and awareness programmes are organized through UHC. The interns are also posted in rotational basis.


2. RHTC (Rural Heath Training Centre) 

Primary Health Centre, Pakyong has been designated as Rural Heath Training Centre for MBBS and interns of SMIMS following the MOU signed between Govt of Sikkim and Sikkim Manipal University. RHTC is located at a distance of 20 kms from SMIMS. The MBBS students are taken for their postings to learn about the functioning of PHC while interns have their residential posting for a period of three months.

3. Family Adoption Program

Family Adoption Programme has been incorporated in the MBBS curriculum. The students hereby adopt family and take care of the family allotted to them throughout their course. Community engagement in medical education gives the students an insight into the living conditions of the public and how they influence their health.

It is a continuous program from MBBS Phase 1 through Phase 3 Part 1.




The areas of research include:Community based public health research; Estimate disease burden; Framing policies for disease control; Monitoring and evaluation


1. ONGOING    

PRESCRIP-TEC- Preventive and screening innovation project towards elimination of  Cervical Cancer

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Nasrin B.Laskar, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, SMIMS.
  • Co-investigators: Dr. Pesona Grace Luksom, Associate Professor, Department of  OBG, SMIMS, Dr . Bidita Khandelwal , Professor, Department of Medicine, SMIMS, Dr. Mingma Lhamu  Sherpa, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, SMIMS
  • Funding Agency: DBT


Situation Analysis of the food procurement, storage, processing, and consumption practices among selected communities in North East India.

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Karma G.Dolma, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology ,SMIMS
  • Co-Investigator: Dr Nasrin B. Laskar , Professor Department of Community Medicine , SMIMS
  • Funding Agency: ICMR

National Mental Health Survey 2

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Nasrin Banu Laskar, Professor,Department of Community Medicine,SMIMS
  • Co-Investigator: Dr. Samrat Singh Bhandari, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, SMIMS,Dr Shraddha Deokota , Assistant Professor Department of Community Medicine , Dr. Prava Kapil , Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, SMIMS, Dr. T. Sayon Singh, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine
  • Funding Agency:NIMHANS
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    Feeding practices of children and its association with health status.

    • Funding Agency : TMA Pai Endowment fund

    A study to assess the prevalence of occupational burnout and level of job satisfaction among doctors of a teaching hospital at Sikkim, India

    • Principal Investigator Rekha,
    • Co-Investigator Dr Binu Upreti , Dr Aeleesha

    A study to assess the accessibility, availability and the need of cardiac care at primary health centres in the state of Sikkim.

    • Principal Investigator:  Prache Bansal,
    • Co-Investigator Dr Binu Upreti 


    A study to assess the prevalence of migraine and tension type headache and lifestyle factors in students of senior secondary schools under rural health training centre, Pakyong

    • Principal Investigator : Dr .Vivek Acharya  ,PG, Department of Community Medicine , SMIMS
    • Guide : Dr Dechenla Tsering Bhutia,  Professor and HOD , Department of Community Medicine , SMIMS

    Evaluation of Early Childhood care Education Component of Integrated Child Development Service in East Sikkim.

    • Principal Investigator : Dr .Priyadarshini Moirangthem  ,PG, Department of Community Medicine , SMIMS
    • Guide : Dr. Nasrin Banu Laskar,  Professor and HOD , Department of Community Medicine , SMIMS



    A study to assess the prevalence of contraceptive morbidity and its consequence on further  use amongst female population residing I the field practice area of Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences

    • Principal Investigator : Dr .Aeleesha Rai ,PG – 1St year , Department of Community Medicine , SMIMS
    • Guide : Dr Binu Upreti, Associate Professor, , Department of Community Medicine , SMIMS


    A study on the morbidity profile and its determinants among under five population In the urban field practice area of SMIMS

    • Principal Investigator: Dr. Deepika Gurung, PG , Department of Community Medicine, SMIMS
    • Guide: Dr . Tshering Dolkar, Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, SMIMS
    • Co-Guide: Dr. Rakesh Kumar Saroj, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, SMIMS.

    Health Status and its Determinants among the Solid Waste Workers of Gangtok municipal corporation

    •  Principal Investigator: Dr. Nima Dolma Sherpa, PG, Department of Community Medicine, SMIMS
    • Guide: Dr . Tshering Dolkar, Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, SMIMS



    • Developing a valid and reliable tool to assess the job satisfaction of health care providers: A Mixed method study (Supervisor : Dr DT Bhutia)
    • Statistical and Machine learning models for predicting the determinants of mental disorders among older adults living with NCDs in India. (Supervisor : Dr DT Bhutia)
    • Mixed Method Study to explore the factors and the extent of delay in Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Treatment in West Bengal. (Supervisor Dr. Nasrin Banu Laskar)
    • Prevalence of depression and its association with heart rate variability and pulmonary function among the school going adolescents of Sikkim. (Co Supervisor: Dr. Nasrin Banu Laskar)
    • Nutritional Status and its Role in Health Related Quality of Life among Elderly Population in Sikkim – A cross Sectional Study (Supervisor Dr. Nasrin Banu Laskar)
    • Facilitators and barriers of utilization of maternal health care services among mothers and health care providers in Meghalaya:  A Mixed Method Study.( Supervisor : Dr T Dolkar)





  • Thapa B, Banu N. ‘Comparative Analysis of Pulmonary Function in School Going Adolescents: Examining the impact of Depression and Anxiety’: Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Sunita, Banu.N . Biomedical Waste Management among health care workers in a Primary Health Centre in Sikkim, India – A KAP Study: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
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    • Ojha K, Deokota S, Dolma KG. Intestinal parasitosis among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic at a tertiary care hospital in Sikkim, a northeastern State of India. Indian J Public Health 2023;67:533-7
    • Yadav, P.K.,  Yadav, S.  Subnational estimates of life expectancy at birth in India: evidence from NFHS and SRS data. BMC Public Health.
    • Yadav, P.K., Yadav, S. Impact of COVID-19 on subnational variations in life expectancy and life disparity at birth in India: evidence from NFHS and SRS data. Arch Public Health 81, 165.




    State Task force on Immunization:

    • Immunisation- to conduct and supervise regular vaccination under NIS at UHC and CRH . To train the staffs about recent updates and verifying and reporting of AEFI .

    Member of the Urban Task Force of COVID Vaccine implementation under Govt of Sikkim

    • Covid-19 - nodal person for CRH . Arrangements during emergency and member of Covid-19 death review board      

    Human Papilloma Virus vaccination of adolescent girls   

    • Member of the State Task Force member of HPV vaccine campaign under Govt. of Sikkim       

    State Task force in Tuberculosis:

    • Implementation of NTEP activities in Medical College.
    • Formulation of Core committee of STF and OR Committee.

    NAMS Sikkim Chapter : Member Secretary

    Vice President of Sikkim Medical Council

    Member of the Institutional Ethics Committee, STNMH, Govt of Sikkim