Social Pharmacy

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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 and Micronutrients
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 Interactions


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 


Introduction to health systems and all ongoing National health programs in India, their objectives,
functioning, outcome and the role of pharmacists.


Role of Pharmacists in disaster management.


Pharmacoeconomics – basics, Health Insurance, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Health spending, Out- of-pocket expenses