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Health is defined as “A state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely absence of disease or infirmity” – WHO. Social factors that determine health include, but are not limited to factors like poverty, ignorance, pollution, contaminated drinking water, and food access. All these factors have channeled our efforts towards building a research center that would allow physicians, researchers, health professionals, and students to come together and learn about how they can improve the health of their community and combat these types of “social determinants”. With this idea, we envisioned developing a “Centre of Excellence for Social Determinants of Health”.


We will strive to enable every individual to achieve their full health potential and not to be affected by any socially determined disadvantageous circumstance.


Our Department’s mission is sustained leadership in

To measure the problem, expand our knowledge base of various social determinants that come in the way of individual’s health in our study area.

Brochure : Goals achieved so far

  • Pediatric Dermatology

    Strength of BLDE (Deemed to be University) Center of Excellence is pediatric dermatology, we have published books, monograms and even started one-year ‘Fellowship programme in Pediatric Dermatology’, second only to RGUHS, Bengaluru in India.

  • The concept of emergency dermatology / acute skin failure in India is propagated by our department. We have first of its kind ‘Dermatology Intensive Care Unit’ (DICU) in India, and we have one book published on “critical Care in Dermatology”, DICU has helped to give state of the art treatment to emergencies in Dermatology.

  • One of the fastest growing sub- specialties in dermatology is ‘Aesthetic Dermatology”. Funding from VGST and BLDE (Deemed to be University) has made us procure the best US FDA approved laser units and Excimer lamp for better care of patients, and PG residents are utilising them for their research/thesis work.

  • Help as investigative tools in various dermatological diseases and as resource equipment for thesis works of residents in the department.

    BLDE (Deemed to be University) Center of Excellence has enabled us to be in the forefront of giving best advanced medical dermatology therapy/phototherapy units to patients; we cater to the needs of northern districts of Karnataka and also part of adjoining Maharashtra state.

    Our innovative photographic Museum of History of Dermatology is unique.

    Our dream to establish ‘Immuno-fluorescence Microscopy set up’ with state of the art infrastructure and equipment is on the anvil. BLDE (Deemed to be University) Center of Excellence would be first of its kind in the whole of North Karnataka. We have the infrastructure ready …. It shall increase the research output, patient care and outreach to other parts of Karnataka.

    Students and teachers are able to get a broader perspective on their current issues, which can lead to more creative and practical solutions. The combination of our whole mindset and expertise with local prowess means stakeholders get the best of both worlds – global insight translated into practical action.

  • The provision of both medical and nonmedical solutions to patients’ problems

    The objective assessment of different treatment modalities to determine their benefits

    Efficient use of resources

    A competitively priced product that can be utilized for patients

    A high level of patient satisfaction

    Quality research output as a byproduct of better patient care and teaching