The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is based in Chandigarh (city beautiful in North India) and was established in1962 by then Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. It was declared as an “Institute of National Importance” by an Act of Parliament of India on 1st April 1967 and is currently an autonomous body functioning directly under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. PGIMER has almost all specialties and super specialties departments.
The Department of Community Medicine was instituted in 1977 with the purpose of developing effective models health service delivery for rural communities and for providing community health orientation to public health professionals. To address emerging challenges in public health education and research, the Department of Community Medicine was upgraded to Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health (SPH) in the Tenth Five Year Plan of India (2002-06).