Dr. Abubakar Joshua Difa, Head of Department

About the Department

The Department of Community Medicine is one of the departments in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences of the College of Medical Sciences of the Gombe State University, Gombe State. The department is responsible for imparting the basic knowledge of community medicine practice to medical students aspiring to practice medicine especially in the area of preventive medicine. It is the only department in the medical college that engages medical students from 200 - 600 Level. The aim of the course (Community Medicine) is to produce medical graduates who possess the knowledge of health statistics and can apply same to study the health of human populations, as well as skills in identifying the interactions between man and his environment and the impact of this on his/her health and the ecosystems. The broad objective of the department is to produce graduates who are proficient in knowledge and skills required to conduct health research among human populations and proffer a holistic solution to address health problems of population. The department also have a clinical arm in the Federal Teaching Hospital that provides community services such as immunization, growth monitoring, nutritional counselling, health education among other services to the communities in Gombe State and its environs. The clinical arm also provides a platform for the students to carry out their clinical postings and acquire experiences needed to achieve the aims of the department. The department collaborates the other health institutions in the State to provide preventive health services, research and training to the community.

Future Plans

The department is looking forward to develop postgraduate training programmes in community medicine (Msc, MPH and Residency), Community Health Officers Training (CHO) in community Health in order to produce quality manpower for the State and Nation at large in the field of Public Health to strengthen the health systems.