Social Pharmacy


Introduction to Social Pharmacy

Definition and Scope. Social Pharmacy as a discipline and its scope in improving the public health. Role of Pharmacists in Public Health.

Concept of Health – WHO Definition, various
dimensions, determinants, and health indicators. 

National Health Policy – Indian perspective Introduction to Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals, FIP Development


Preventive healthcare

Role of Pharmacists in the following

Demography and Family Planning 

Mother and child health, importance of breastfeeding, ill

effects of infant milk substitutes and bottle feeding 

Overview of Vaccines, types of immunity and immunization.

Effect of Environment on Health – Water pollution, importance of safe drinking water, waterborne diseases, air pollution, noise pollution, sewage and solid waste disposal, occupational illnesses,

Environmental pollution due to pharmaceuticals 

Psychosocial Pharmacy: Drugs of misuse and abuse –  psychotropics, narcotics, alcohol, tobacco products. Social Impact of these habits on social health and productivity and suicidal behaviours.


Nutrition and Health
Basics of nutrition Macronutrients andMicronutrients
Importance of water and fibres in diet
Balanced diet, nutrition deficiency diseases, ill
effects of junk foods, calorific and nutritive values of
various foods, fortification of food
Introduction to food safety, adulteration of foods,
effects of artificial ripening, use of pesticides,
genetically modified foods 
Dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, food
supplements – indications, benefits, Drug-Food


Introduction to Microbiology and common microorganisms
Epidemiology: Introduction to the terms
Epidemiology, its applications, terms such as
epidemic, pandemic, endemic, mode of
transmission, quarantine, isolation, incubation
period, contact tracing.


Causative agents, epidemiology and clinical presentations and Role of Pharmacists in educating the public in prevention of the following communicable diseases:
 Respiratory infections – chickenpox, measles, rubella, mumps, influenza (including Avian-Flu, H1N1, SARS, MERS, COVID-19), diphtheria, whooping cough, meningococcal meningitis, acute respiratory infections, tuberculosis, Ebola 

 Intestinal infections – poliomyelitis, viral hepatitis, cholera, acute diarrheal diseases, typhoid, amebiasis, worm infestations, food poisoning (8)
 Arthropod-borne infections – dengue, malaria, filariasis and, chikungunya (4)
 Surface infections – trachoma, tetanus, leprosy