Family and Community Medicine Branch|

About the branch:

The Department of Community Medicine was established in the academic year 2002 as the Department of Community Medicine. In 2014 it was re-named to become the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

The department main activities are: teaching medical students both under and postgraduates the principles and methods of epidemiology, medical statistics, basic epidemiology and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. This is in addition to teaching of primary health care concepts and practical programs in Iraq. A course is also arranged to tackle problems of environmental and occupational health.

In addition to teaching, members of the department are actively involved in research and advisory work to other departments in the college of medicine and to the health authorities in Diyala.

The research activities cover a variety of health problems such as measurement of population health, identification of risk factors, evaluation of health services performance, and medical ethics conduct. The interest in health system research is growing and the department is active in research and development in coordination with health authorities in Diyala. The department conducted a series of household survey in different parts of Diyala and its suburbs. These surveys were designed to provide practical opportunities to both staff and medical students to apply community medicine and epidemiology concepts and techniques at population level. They also provide relevant data on socio-demographic, health, occupational and environmental conditions of the population, which all can be used to improve health and services delivery in targeted study areas.

The Teaching Staff of the Branch:

Prof. Dr. Shahab Ahmed ShakirHead of Branch
Prof.Dr.Nadhim Ghazal NoamanTeaching staff
Prof. Dr. Areej Atiyah HusseinTeaching staff
Ass.Lec.Mohammed Kasim SalihThe branch supervisor

Vision, Message And Objective:


For the purpose of achieving high quality in higher education and health services in Iraq and guided by the mission and objectives of the College of Medicine and the Family and Community Medicine Branch and in order to support a health system based on primary health care and family medicine as a strategic option in Iraq, the Family and Community Medicine Branch seeks to meet the need for highly trained and prepared competencies in specializations Community and family medicine. To enhance this, he will seek to expand the circle of postgraduate studies horizontally and vertically by opening higher diploma studies in the specialty of family medicine.


Deep faith and continuous effort to inculcate the concepts, foundations and practices of community or family medicine, occupational and environmental medicine at the philosophical, practical and academic levels. Therefore, the branch carries out every activity that contributes to the promotion, protection and restoration of health at the collective and individual levels, as well as in medical education, scientific research and advisory work. The branch also seeks to spread the culture of participation and organized, comprehensive team work to solve dilemmas and address imbalances towards building work systems. The Family and Community Medicine branch is distinguished by its leadership in postgraduate studies in terms of diversity, number and quality of performance. It adopts a form for the health system in Iraq in the foreseeable future centered on primary health care and family medicine within an integrated and fair health system .


The Community Family Medicine Branch carries a fundamental message, the content of which is instilling the concepts, principles and practices of family and community medicine at the practical and academic levels, and makes every effort to promote, protect, restore and rehabilitate health through all outlets of education, service, guidance and guidance. The branch works to achieve the following objectives:

  • Rehabilitation of doctors who are able to meet the preventive, curative and rehabilitative needs of the community.
  • Support and enhance research capabilities at the branch, college and health system levels.
  •  Executing and supervising research projects
  •  Providing the necessary and possible advice to researchers, postgraduate students and civil society institutions.
  •  Support, support and evaluation of procedures for implementing the family medicine system in Iraq.
  •  Ensuring high quality in medical education and health services in accordance with the required quality standards locally and globally.

Third grade


  • Introduction and
  • Data collection and Sampling methods
  • Data presentation
  • Measurement of central tendency
  • Measurement of variability
  • Range, variance
  • Sd, coefficient of variation
  • Probability , types
  • Characteristics, N.D. curves
  • Importance, test
  • Chi-square test
  • Correlation and regression


  • Introduction and definition about nutrition
  • Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Nutrition of pregnancy and lactating women
  • Nutrition of hypertension
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Iron deficiency diseases
  • Nutrition of anemia and heart failure
  • Nutrition of renal failure
  • Total energy requirement Nutrition
  • assessment& Recommended dietary allowness

Fourth grade

Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases

  • General epidemiology
  • Definitions, prevalence
  • Incidence, measurement of
  • Source of infections
  • Term in communicable disease
  • Study design
  • Evaluation of screening
  • Acute respiratory
  • Whooping cough

Occupational and environmental medicine

  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational health: definition, history and objectives
  • Function of occupational health center
  • Heat and cold
  • Pressure
  • Noise 
  • Vibration
  • Radiation: ionizing and non ionizing radiation
  • Chemical hazards :toxicology, body defense
  • Heavy metals : Mercury,Lead
  • Lung disease (asbestosis and pneumoconiosis), Lung disease (silicosis and byssinosis)
  • Occupational skin diseases, Contact Dermatitis
  • Occupational Accidents
  • Biological hazards
  • Psychosocial hazards
  • Occupational Cancer
  • Personal Protective Equipments
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental health: Definition, Biological, Physical and Social Environment
  • Air pollution: Indoor and Outdoor pollution
  • Soil pollution
  • Global warming and Greenhouse effects
  • Ozone depletion and UVR health effect
  • Acid rain
  • Water pollution
  • Sewage disposal and treatment
  • Waterborne diseases
  • Radiation pollution
  • Noise pollution
  • Visual pollution

MCH and Child Health

  • Primary health care part 1
  • Primary health care part 2
  • Primary health care part 3
  • Maternal health care part
  • Nutrition and pregnancy
  • Family health
  • Child health
  • Neonatal health
  • Measles eliminate and measles
  • Neonatal tetanus eliminate
  • Mather and child vaccines
  • New vaccines
  • RED. approaches

Academic Program Description:

Academic Program Description 2023-2024

Branch contact information:

phone number07715335417
Mail Box80 New Baquba