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17PCBPP16                           SOCIAL PHARMACY I

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to

  • Understand the social responsibility of the pharmacists in the society
  • Understand the health policies
  • Provide health care services to patients.

Detailed syllabus and topics
1) Introduction to Social Pharmacy –        5 hrs

  • Definition and Scope – Introduction to Social Pharmacy as a discipline and its various concepts. Sociological Understanding of Health and Illness, Role of Pharmacist in Public Health 1hr
  • WHO Definition of health – various dimensions of health 1 hr
  • Introduction and broad overview of health systems, infrastructure, and functioning in India and other countries – both in Public and private sector. National health programmes in India – brief study of these and the role of pharmacist in each of these.

2) Drugs, Industry & Policies                              7 hrs

  • Drugs and developed countries, developing countries, GATT, patents, Patents Act.
  • Pharmaceutical Industry and its activities, Classification systems of drugs, Social marketing – brief
  • study of organizations and functioning like Medicines Sans Frontiers
  • Concept of RUM, WHO Essential Medicines, Irrational medicine use and its associated problems,
    etc., Evidence based medicine, STGs (Standard Treatment Guidelines)
  • National Drug Policy, National Health Policy, Pharmacy & Drug Ethics

3) Pharmacoeconomics – Definition, types of pharmacoeconomic models, consumption of drugs, pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement, Health Insurance                     3 hrs

4) Pharmacoepidemiology – Definition, scope, advantages and disadvantages.     3 hrs

5) Health Promotion and Health education    20 hrs

  • Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases : Causative agents and Clinical presentations and Role ofPharmacist in prevention of communicable diseases :
    i) Respiratory infections – chickenpox, measles, rubella, mumps, influenza (including Avian-Flu,H1N1), diphtheria, whooping cough, meningococcal meningitis, acute respiratory infections, tuberculosis
  • ii) Intestinal infections – poliomyelitis, viral hepatitis, cholera, acute diarrhoeal diseases, typhoid, food poisoning, amebiasis, worm infestationsArthropod-borne infections – dengue, malaria, filariasis and, chikungunya Zoonoses – rabies, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, plague, human salmonellosis, ricketsia diseases, taeniasis, hydatid disease, leishmaniasis
  • Surface infections – trachoma, tetanus, leprosy, STDs, HIV/AIDS
  • Emerging and reemerging infectious diseases.


At the end of the course, the student will be able to
CO1 Define social pharmacy, health, health system, infrastructure and functions in india and other countries

CO2 Describe drugs, industries, policies, concept of RUM, WHO essential medicines, irrational medicines, Evidence based medicines, STGs, national health policy and National drug policy.

CO3 Discuss in brief Pharmacoeconomics, consumption, types, pricing, reimbursement and health insurance.

CO4 Explain Pharmacoepidemiology and their scope, advantage and disadvantages.

CO5 Apply the knowledge to develop health promotion and health education for communicable diseases and Outline the study of causative agents and clinical presentations and role of pharmacist in prevention of communicable diseases.


Text books (Theory)
Social Pharmacy – Innovation and development edt. Geoff Harding, Sarah Nettleton and Kevin taylor.
The Pharmaceutical Press.
Text Book of Community Pharmacy Practice. RPSGB Publication