Department of Community Health





The Department of Community Health was established to conduct teachings, research and to offer professional services in the field of Community Health to all levels of communities in both urban and rural settings. The teaching activities include topics on recognising factors that influence the presence and causation of diseases within the community, behaviour, organisation, community health problems, control and preventive measures and activities, as well as other disciplines involved in public health. The teaching approach used is based on the three tiers of disease prevention, namely primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. In carrying out department activities and programs, community involvement is given due emphasis as it is recognised that elements within the community including the physical, mental and social environment as well as the cultural aspects interplay and have an effect on each other. Field of Community Health is no longer viewed as being directed to viewed diseases only, but has grown into a concept of community wellness. Thus, field of Community Health is to be treated as a holistic and integrated discipline. Realising that an individual’s health status is collectively affected by behaviour, attitude and beliefs, the many issues in community health need to be explored via the approach of research and community consultation. Therefore a community based approach and relevant strategies are to be employed in achieving the department’s aspirations, in line with the prevailing circumstances within the community as well as being tailored to evolving technology and social values.


The Department of Community Health aspires to be a centre of excellence in the areas of teaching, research and provision of professional services in Community Health Medicine. This will contribute toward the improvement in the health status and well-being of the person, family, community and country.


The goals of the Department of Community Health are:

  1. To produce high quality graduates who are competitive, independent and dedicated to lifelong learning in the field of Community Health Medicine.
  2. To contribute toward the enrichment of an efficient, transparent and client-centred quality management system in the field of Community Health Medicine.
  3. To promote the activities of research and publication in community health medicine.
  4. To promote professional services and consultation in community health medicine.
  5. To establish a centre of excellence in the field of Community Health Medicine within the department.


  • Head of Department: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rosliza Abdul Manaf
  • Head of Unit:
    • Healthcare Management Unit: Dr. Rosliza Abdul Manaf
    • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit: Dr. Sri Ganesh Muthiah
    • Family Health Unit: Dr. Anisah Baharom
    • Health Promotion Unit: Dr. Suriani Ismail
    • Occupational Medicine Unit: Dr. Titi Rahmawati Hamedon
    • Environmental Medicine Unit: Dr. Suhainizam Muhamad Saliluddin
  • Program Coordinator:
    • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Program Coordinator: Dr. Norliza Ahmad
    • Master of Public Health (MPH) Program Coordinator: Dr. Anisah Baharom
    • Master Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program Coordinator: Dr. Suriani Ismail
    • Year 2 Medical Program Coordinator: Dr. Suhainizam Muhamad Saliluddin
    • Community Medicine Posting Year 4: Dr. Suhainizam Muhamad Saliluddin
    • Package 9 (MD Program) Coordinator: Dr. Ahmad Azuhairi Ariffin
    • Package 11 (MD Program) Coordinator: Professor Dr. Kulanthayan K.C. Mani
  • Industry and Community Relations Coordinator for Department: Professor Dr. Kulanthayan K.C. Mani
  • Scientific Officer : 

(See Department Organization Chart)


  • Col (Ret.) Dr Long Seh Chin (1999-2001)
  • Prof. Dr Mohd Yunus Abdullah (2001-2006)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hejar Abdul Rahman (2006-2009)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Yusoff Adon (2009 – 2010)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sharifah Zainiyah Syed Yahya (2010 – 2011)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhamad Hanafiah Juni (2011 - 2017)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor Afiah Mohd. Zulkefli (2017 - 2020)


Community Health Department

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Telephone : +603-97692424

Facsimile : +603-97692425



Academic Staff

Support Staff



For the purpose of teaching, the department is involved in two programs:

  • Undergraduate program
  • Post-graduate program

Academic staff of the department are involved in the teaching and learning activities of these programs:

  • Medical Doctor Program
  • Bachelor in Nursing program
  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental and Occupational Health ) Program
  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedicine) Program
  • Bachelor of Science (Dietetics and Nutrition) Program
  • Bachelor of Science (Dietetics) Program

The involvement of the departments staff are in giving lectures, tutorials, conducting Student Centred Learning (SCL) sessions as well as supervising practical and research activities.

Medical Doctor program
Academic staff in the department are responsible in implementing the module for second year medical students in these courses:

  • SPP3424 : Public Health Medicine
  • SPP3425 : Epidemiology
  • SPP3612 : Medical Statistics
  • SPP3591 : Problem Based Learning (I,II,III,IV)
  • SPK3011 : Early Clinical Experience (I,II,III,IV)
  • SPK3621 : Projects and Research Methodology

For clinical years 4 teaching, staff of the department are involved in providing teaching for:

  • SPK3981 : Community Medicine Posting

Community Medicine Posting
This posting involves on-site training activities in collaboration with the respective district health offices and disctrict hospitals in Kuala Pilah and Jempol in Negeri Sembilan as well as Bintulu in Sarawak. (See activities picture)

The department also offers the following three graduate programs:

Masters of Science with thesis (MSc)

  • Full time program
  • Duration : 2 years (4 semester)
  • Field of studies :
    • MSc (Epidemiology and Biostastistics)
    • MSc (Health Service Management)
    • MSc (Health Promotion)
    • MSc (Public Health) – the sub-diciplines including; family health, environmental medicine, occupational medicine and community health.

    (download program brochure)

    Doctor of Philosophy with thesis (PhD)

    • Full time and part time program
    • Duration : 3-6 years (full time)
    • Diciplines of studies are family health, environmental medicine, occupational medicine, community health, epidemiology and biostastistics, health service management and health promotion

    (download program brochure)

    Masters of Public Health (MPH)

    • Full time program
    • Duration : 1 year (2 semester)
    • Only for medical doctor

    (download program brochure)

    (download Handbook Master of Public Health Program )

    Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

    • Full time program
    • Duration : 3 years (6 semester)
    • Only for medical doctor
    • Speciality program for public health medicine

    (download program brochure)

    ( download Handbook Doctor of Public Health Program)