Department of Behavioural Sciences

Dr. J Mutambara


The Department of Behavioural Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine covers two main areas in the study of Modern Medicine and these include :-

Behavioural Science

Behavioural Science is the study of human behaviour which is based on the bio-psycho-social-cultural-spiritual perspective. Focus is on understanding individuals and their behavior along with the behavior of societies, groups, cultures and processes which can contribute to disease and illness. It encompasses various interrelated disciplines that observe and study human activity, such as psychiatry, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.  Research in medicine has shown how disease and illness are related to many potentially interacting causes. These include biological, genetic susceptibility, early childhood experiences, personality, acute and chronic stressors, socioeconomic status, lifestyle, emotions, social and environmental conditions, sociocultural background, personal experiences, beliefs, attitudes, expectations and health seeking behaviours. The course therefore helps students appreciate the various factors that can lead to ill health and how they can be modified.

Community Medicine

Community Medicine is a branch of medicine that is concerned with the study of health and disease in a defined community or group. Its goal is to identify the health problems and needs of people (community diagnosis) and to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of health care systems. It also focuses on preventive, promotive & curative services through organized community efforts.

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