The Department of Preventive and Social Medicine was established in 1962. As the importance and scope of the subject increased, the name was changed to Department of Community Medicine.
The department carries out its primary objectives of teaching and training of Undergraduate (MBBS) and Postgraduate students (MD) and training of interns in community medicine. The department has two well established Teaching and Training Centres, one in Rural Area, Jawan, situated 17 Km from Aligarh on Anoopshahar Road and the other in a periurban area at No.-1 Qila Road, Purani Chungi. Department collaborates with District Hospital in planning and implementation of several National Health Programs such as National Revised National T.B. Control Programme, National Polio Eradication Programme, National AIDS Control Programme, National Immunization Programme, Maternal and Child Health Program, and Blindness Control Program etc.
Research in the areas of Public Health and Community Health are essential aspects of the department.
The Community Health training gives a clear picture of socio-cultural, economic and other multiple factors associated with health and disease, and concepts about planning and management of programs for preventing disease and improving health of the community as a whole.
At post-graduate level, it prepares the Public Health Specialist, an important human resource for the country, with job opportunities in several public health domains at national and international level.