Prof. Pa Pa Soe
Professor and Head

M.Med.Sc (Public Health),Ph.D(Public Health) Dip.Med.Ed,MHCA

papasoe@ummdy.edu.mm

HISTORY OF DEPARTMENT

Department of Preventive & Social Medicine, was preliminary established as Department of Hygiene in 1957, one of the early departments of Faculty of Medicine, Mandalay, affiliated to University of Yangon. There were no full time faculty members then. Dr. Surin Kumar from Mandalay Municipal Office was one of the part time teachers who contributed their precious time for the department. Later, Dr Ba Myint from Divisional Health joined as a part-time teacher. Prior to 1967, the main contents of the departmental curriculum were Environmental Sanitation, Campaign Diseases and Principal Epidemic Diseases. • In 1967, the department' was renamed Preventive & Social Medicine, staffed by full timed faculty for the first time: Dr. Ba Myint, a Lecturer and Head of the Department, and Dr Tin Than Myint as the demonstrator. • Since 1967, the curriculum has gradually changed, and now, it consists of Concepts of Health & Diseases, Environmental Health, Epidemiology & Control of Diseases (Communicable & Non-communicable) and Public Health Administration. The teaching strategy consists of on-campus didactic lectures and tutorials, as well as off-campus urban health visits and family health care practices, and, rural three-week residential field trainings to townships in Mandalay and Sagaing Divisions. • In accord with the guideline laid down at the Third Medical Education Seminar in 1972, Community Medicine training was introduced in Medical Curriculum. The department took a pivotal role in Community Medicine program of the Institute of Medicine, Mandalay, particularly in residential two-week training of house surgeons, initially in Kyauk-Mee village – situated in the east of Mandalay, and later in Sink-Kaing township – located in the south, about 30 miles from Mandalay. • In 1976 Dr. Win Naing became Head of the Department. In 1987,a Professor & Head post was created for the department so he was the first Professor and Head and he held the post until December 1988. In his era, apart from training of Final Part I MBBS students and house surgeon training, the department contributed statistical courses to the Basic Science training for the postgraduate students of the university. • From December 1988, until June 1989, Professor Thar Hla Shwe took the chair as Professor and Head of the Preventive and Social Medicine Department. During his short- but not brief- stay in office, Professor Tha Hla Shwe took a leading role in restructuring Medical Education Unit of Institute of Medicine, Mandalay, and took the initiative in publishing the Medical Education Bulletin, of IMM. • In August 1989, Profofessor Daw Ohn Kyi took the office as Professor & Head of the Department. She stayed at the post till June 1990. She also actively took part in Medical Education works of the institute, and did a field study for choosing field practice area for Community Medicine. Lecturers, Dr Win Naing, and Dr Thann Win, joined the faculty member of the department. Community Medicine program flourished in these years. • Start from June 1990 and up to August, 2002, the department was chaired by Professor Nyan Htun. He served here as Assistant Lecture from1978 to 1984. Under his reign, post graduate courses were introduced: Diploma in Public Health (commenced 1998), later upgraded to Master of Medical Sciences (Public Health) (commenced 2001), Diploma of Hospital Administration (commenced 1999 till 2001 ), and PhD (Public Health) on 2001. It is noteworthy that Community Medicine training was shifted from rural setting to suburban areas. • In August 2002, the department was headed by Professor Myo Oo. In response to recent up surging and tremendous growth of undergraduate student numbers, the faculty organization was expanded and the teaching strategy was also modified with multi-media teaching aids. It retains its vigor by extending usual urban visits, Family Health care, clinico-social case studies and the residential rural field trainings for the Final part 1 MBBS students, emphasizing communication and information exchange. Besides these undergraduate training and education, post graduate courses are in progress. The first PhD (Public Health) was produced in 2003. Training of general practitioners in the form of Diploma course in Family Medicine is also undertaken. In addition, research culture of the institute is nurtured and research methodology - particularly the protocols of master and doctorate candidates of various subjects / departments of UMM are cared for. At the same time, conducting research works, in the area of non-communicable diseases- the risk factors, life style and gender issues, and evaluation of curriculum of basic health staff, are also in progress. Reproductive health, health workers performance improvement, and public health ethics are new areas of interest. Remodeling Community Medicine training program is always prioritized. • Then Professor Dr. Win Myint Oo organized the department from 2007 to 2012. • Professor Dr. San San Htay then took responsible from 2012 to 2017 as a Professor and Head of the department. In 2014, first batch of Mater degree for Preventive and Tropical Medicine was introduced and in 2016, PhD (Preventive and Tropical Medicine) course was started. • Professor Dr. Soe Moe Naing took the leading role as a Head of Department from 2017 to May, 2020. Since then the present head, Professor Dr. Pa Pa Soe has been taking responsibility for the department. .

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