Prof Dr. Pa Pa Soe

Prof Dr. Pa Pa Soe

M.B.,B.S, M.Med.Sc(PH),Ph.D(PH), M.H.C.A(Japan), Dip.Med.Ed, Ph.D (Pathology), Dip Med Ed

Professor and Head

Brief HIstory Of Department

The Department of Preventive and Social Medicine was first established in the early part of January 1966 with Dr. Ko Ko, (Former Regional Director of WHO, SERO) as part-time Professor and Head, assisted by a part-time lecturer, Dr. Khin Hlaing and a full-time demonstrator. Teaching commenced in November 1966 with 50 Final Part (1) MBBS students. Since 1969, the staff strength had been gradually extended. When Dr. Ko Ko left to work for the WHO in December 1969, Dr. Khin Hlaing became Lecturer and Head of Department. Full-time professorship was granted in 1986 and Dr. Khin Hlaing became the first full-time professor in 1987 February.

The Department has the sole responsibility of teaching Preventive and Social Medicine to undergraduate medical students but since 1978, teaching has been extended to postgraduate medical students of M.Med.Sc (Anatomy), M.Med.Sc (Physiology), and DipObs. Teaching of medical statistics was also rendered to students of M.Med.Sc (Biochemistry).

Since 1998 January, MMed.Sc (Public Health) and Diploma in Public Health Postgraduate courses were introduced at the department of PSM. In the year 2000, Ph.D. course in Public Health was first introduced aiming at producing highly qualified academician of Ph.D. calibers in various fields of Public Health. Postgraduate courses were ceased in 2008 and then M.Med.Sc (Preventive & Tropical Medicine) course was reopened again in 2016 also Ph. D (Preventive & Tropical Medicine) course in 2017.


Former Head Of Department

Photo Name Degree Year
Professor Khin Hlaing
Professor Win Naing
U Hla Oo
Professor Ohn Kyi
Professor San San Myint Aung
Professor Hla Hla Win
Professor Khay Mar Mya
Professor San San Htay

Aim and Objectives


Mission of the department is to be internationally recognized department with academic excellence and research activities.


Mission of the department is to serve mankind through provision of high quality academic performance, producing doctors who have acquired the fundamental knowledge, skill and practice of public health while possessing good communication skills, ethical standards and lifelong learning practice, and the ability to conduct research.

Course Outline

  • Concept of health and social medicine:- History and evolution of Preventive & Social Medicine, Concept of Health, Concept of disease, Measurement of Health, Factors influencing Health, Definition and scope of Social Medicine, Health Behavior
  • Disease control :- General epidemiology , Epidemiology Methods, Chain of infectious diseases , Principles of prevention and control, Natural history of disease, Levels of prevention, Immunizations, Outbreak Investigation, Diseases surveillance, International Health and International Health Regulation, Communicable Diseases Plague : Cholera, Dengue hemorrhagic fever, HIV, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Poliomyelitis, Whooping cough, Tetanus, Measles, Japanese encephalitis, Viral hepatitis, Rubella, Filariasis, Small pox, Chicken pox, Trachoma, Sexually transmitted diseases, Leprosy, Enteric fevers, Food poisoning, Leptospirosis, Diarrhoea and dysentery, Anthrax, Influenza, Rabies, Arboviruses, Schistosomiasis, Emerging and re-emerging diseases , Non – communicable diseases : Nutritional disorders: PEM, Iron deficiency anaemia, Vitamin Deficiency, Iodine Deficiency Disorders, Obesity, Cardiovascular diseases, Diabetes, COPD, Malignancies, Accidents and Injuries
  • Health services management and administration: – Health and vital statistics, Biostatistics, National Health Plan, Health Policy, Principles of management, Community Medicine: concept and practice, Health administration in Myanmar, Health communication, Health promotion and health education, Public health ethics and public health laws, Maternal and child health, School health, Care of aged persons, Care of handicapped persons, Juvenile delinquency, Substance Abuse, Primary Health Care, Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Universal Health Coverage(UHC) and basic principles of health economics, 20.Mental Health
  • Occupation and Environmental health:- Water sanitation, Housing and health, Excreta disposal, Refuse disposal, Food sanitation and food safety, Urbanization, Climate Change, Air Pollution, Management of fairs and festivals, Disinfection and disinfectants / Insecticides / Rodenticides, Pest control, Disaster management, Occupational health in industry and agriculture
  • Field teaching programme :- Research methodology, responsible conduct of research, Research Ethic, Clinico-social case taking and presentation, Family health care visits to suburban communities , Visits to places of public health interest in urban areas, Residential field training to townships and rural areas.


Student Assessment

Student assessment involves three main components:

  1. Class work
  2. Written Examination
  3. Viva Voce Examination.

Fail will be determined as follow,

  • less than 46% for one compartment
  • marks for two compartments are 46-49%
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