The Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (popularly known as SPM) is one of the teaching departments in the Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya. It was formed in 1964, one year after the founding of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. The department are involved in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate teachings.
The Master of Public Health Programme was started in 1973 to cater to the needs of the country. There are now 612 Master of Public Health and 106 Master in Medical Science (Public Health graduates from Malaysia and around the world. They now serve with distinction in the Ministry of Health, universities and various National and International bodies, for example. Malaysian Armed Forces, WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and in town and city councils in Malaysia and around the world. The postgraduates programme from the Department have expanded to cater to the ever changing world landscape. It now includes Master of Medical Science in Public Health, Master of Public Health Speciality and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH).
Being a department with a vision and mission, it is dedicated to the discipline of Public Health and looks forward to the future with vigour and enthusiasm.
To become the institution of excellence which will provide leadership in activities for the education, training, research, development, spread and provision of service in the domain of Public Health and in all the specialities associated with it.
The Department views its mission at the undergraduate level as being charged with the responsibility, via the medical undergraduate instructional programme, for the preparation of the potential graduate to take up duties in the running of health programmes for the community in all parts of the nation and to be able to operate from the national health care service system effectively and efficiently (at the level of the medical officer).
The Department views its mission at the post-graduate level as being charged with the responsibility, via its post-graduate public health training programmes, to produce a doctor who may be considered as a professional and a specialist in the general domain of public health as well as in a particular chosen specialty within it.
The Department also considers in its mission to share the knowledge and skills gained in its various activities with others who are interested. This is envisaged to be achieved in various ways including the conduct of short courses from time to time.