The Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (the 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 (MBBS) and offers postgraduate degrees in the Master of Public Health, Master in Medical Science (Public Health) and Doctor of Public Health. The Master of Public Health Programme was started in 1973 to cater to the needs of the country. There are now more than 600 Master of Public Health and Master in Medical Science (Public Health) graduates from the University of Malaya 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, the World Health Organization, various non-goevermental organisation (NGOs), and in town and city councils in Malaysia and around the world.
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.