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UGC NET Syllabus for Social Medicine and Community Health 2024


Syllabus for Social Medicine and Community Health

UGC NET Syllabus for Social Medicine and Community Health: National Testing Agency (NTA) has been formed to conduct the UGC NET Exam along with some other competitive exams. After forming NTA, the new pattern of UGC NET Exam has been introduced i.e. Computer Based Test (CBT). For the new pattern of NET Exam, the University Grant Commission (UGC) has also revised the UGC NET Syllabus for all subjects including Paper 1.

New Pattern of UGC NET Exam

The pattern of the exam has been changed from 3 papers (Paper I, II & III) to 2 papers (Paper I & II). Now, there are 50 MCQs in Paper 1 and 100 MCQs in Paper 2. Each question carries 2 marks without any NEGATIVE marking for the wrong answer. There is no break between Paper 1 and Paper 2.


The UGC NET exam would be computer-based like bank PO, SSC exam. Paper 2 will have 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with each question carrying two (2) marks i.e. 200 marks in total. The objective type questions will include multiple choices, matching type, true/false and assertion-reasoning type etc.

New (Updated) UGC NET SOCIAL MEDICINE AND COMMUNITY HEALTH Syllabus (June 2019 onwards):

Unit-I Evolution and Basic Concepts of Public Health/ Social Medicine and

Community Health

  • History of Social Medicine and Community Health
  • History of Public Health and Its Milestones
  • Comprehensive Health Care
  • Social Development and Health
  • Dimensions and Determinants of Health
  • Concepts and Indicators of Health and Wellbeing
  • Natural History of Disease
  • Levels of Prevention
  • Globalisation and Its Impact on Health
  • Roles and Responsibility of State, Community and Private Sector in Health

Unit-II Evolution of Health Policies and Health Services in India

  • Health Committees and Development of Health Services in Independent India
  • Constitutional Provisions, Federal Structure and Social Security
  • National Health Policies (1983, 2002, 2017), Population Policy, Nutrition Policy,
  • Policy on Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy, 2002
  • Important Health Legislations in India
  • Health Infrastructure in India—Public, Private, and Charitable, Public Private Partnership(PPP)
  • Health financing and Health insurance, Out of Pocket expenditure
  • Civil society and Social Movements in Health

Unit-III General Epidemiology and Bio-statistics

  • Basic concepts and definitions in Epidemiology
  • Types of epidemiology
  • Uses of epidemiology
  • Measurements in epidemiology
  • Epidemiological Study Designs
  • Screening and surveillance
  • Validity of Screening and Diagnostic tests
  • Causation , Association and Biases
  • Investigation of an epidemic
  • Basic concepts in Bio statistics
  • Types of data and data sources for Public Health
  • Sampling techniques and sample size estimation
  • Probability and Tests of significance
  • Data analysis, presentation and interpretation

Unit-IV Social Sciences and Health

  • Definition, Scope, Concepts and Significance of Social, Economic, Cultural and Behavioral factors on Health and Disease
  • Social Theories of Causation of Disease
  • Implications of Social Structure and Socio-economic Status for Health
  • Political and Economic Aspects of Health
  • Health Perceptions and Behavior
  • Health Economics
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Social Work Approach in Health Care

Unit-V Epidemiology of Common Health Problems In India and National Health


  • Communicable Diseases—Common, Emerging and Re-emerging diseases, Hospital acquired infections, Antimicrobial resistance
  • Non-Communicable Diseases—Cardio-vascular diseases, Diabetes, Cancers, Rheumatic heart disease, Blindness, Mental Health, Occupational Diseases, Genetic diseases
  • Accidents , Injuries and Disasters
  • All National Health Programs and data sources.

Unit-VI Basic Determinants of Health

Environment and Health

  • Water and sanitation
  • Environmental pollution and Health impacts
  • Built environment and Housing
  • Climate change and impact on health
  • Waste management
  • Hospital waste management


  • Ecology of malnutrition
  • Assessment of Nutritional status
  • Nutritional diseases and their management
  • Food and nutrition security and related legislations
  • National Nutrition programs
  • Socio cultural aspects of nutrition
  • Food safety, Food standards and related legislations

Social determinants of Health

Unit-VII Demography, Family Welfare and RCH

Demography and Family Planning

  • Definition, concepts and indicators related to demography and family planning
  • Demographic cycle
  • Size, composition and distribution of India’s population
  • Approaches and methods of contraception
  • Evolution of National Family Welfare Program
  • Social issues related to Family Planning
  • Felt need and unmet need in Family planning
  • Social marketing in family planning
  • Counseling in Family planning
  • PC and PNDT Act1994
  • MTP Act 1971

Reproductive and Child Health

  • Evolution of Maternal/ Reproductive and child Health programs
  • Safe motherhood and essential newborn care with related schemes and programs
  • Gender issues in womens health
  • Major health problems of children in India and related National Health Programs
  • Adolescent health and related schemes and programs
  • Rights of child and related schemes and Programs
  • School Health Programme

Unit-VIII Health Education/ IEC/ BCC and Information Technology in Health

  • Concepts, objectives and approaches of health education
  • Methods , modes and barriers of communication
  • Planning, Management and Organization of health education programs
  • E-medicine, Distance education and associated legal issues
  • Role of media in Health Education
  • E Health and m Health

Unit-IX Health Systems Research, Planning and Management and Recent Advances

in Public Health

  • Health planning and management
  • Health systems research- Operations Research, System analysis, Health Technology assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Health Management Information System
  • Medical and Social Audits
  • Health teams and their management
  • Human Resources in Health
  • Role of Ayush in local Health traditions
  • Health policy studies
  • Quality assessment of Health Services- parameters and standards
  • Ethics in Health Care
  • National Institutes of Public Health Research and Training

Unit-X International Health

  • Health problems of developed and developing countries
  • Health problems of South East Asia region
  • International agencies in Health
  • Emporiatrics
  • Health for All approaches- Primary Health Care (1978) to Universal Health Coverage
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

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