The Department of Community Medicine, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram is the premier public health training and research institution for medical professionals in the state of Kerala, India. The prime objective of the institution is to produce quality public health professionals, capable of playing major roles towards the realization of complete health and wellbeing in the state of Kerala and the country as a whole. Established in 1953, the department is the first of its kind in India. The department offers two postgraduate courses for medical professionals; MD in Community Medicine (3 years) and Diploma in Public Health (2 years). In addition, the department sensitizes the undergraduate medical students towards being public health minded while pursuing their career. The department promotes quality medical research and collaborates with governmental and non-governmental agencies in carrying out public health activities all over the state.