Dr. Chythra R. Rao

Additional Professor

Department of Community Medicine


     Dr Chythra R Rao teaches and trains undergraduate and post graduate medical students in Community Medicine.


    • Works in community health programs and undertakes research projects.
    • Is in charge of Alevoor Rural Maternity and Child Welfare (RMCW) Home.
    • Trains faculty members of Kasturba Medical College in Research methodology, Epidemiology and Bio-statistics
    • Guides medical undergraduate students for ICMR STS projects.
    • Organizes various workshops/CMEs in the department.
    • Conducts outreach programs, community sensitization and health education programs in the community.


Subject Semester / Year
Community Medicine 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th semester
Community Medicine


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
DNB Community Medicine National Board of Examinations, New Delhi 2009
MD Community Medicine Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 2008
MBBS MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore 2002


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
KMC, Manipal Additional Professor March 2023 to till date
KMC, Manipal Associate Professor 2012 to 2023
KMC, Manipal Assistant Professor 2008 to 2012
KMC, Manipal Tutor Cum PG/Junior Resident 2005 to 2008
Department Of Physiology Tutor 2004 to 2005


Area of Interest

Maternal and child health , Adolescent health , Non-communicable diseases , Research methodology

Area of Expertise

Maternal and child health , Non-communicable diseases , Research methodology

Area of Research

Maternal and child health ,Adolescent health , Non-communicable diseases

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Life Member of Indian Public Health Association, 2009.
  • Life Member Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine, 2009.
  • Life Member of Karnataka Association of Community Health, 2011.
  • Indian Medical Association, 2012.

High blood pressure prevalence and significant correlates: A quantitative analysis from Coastal Karnataka, India

2013-01-01 Rao CR Kamath VG Shetty A Kamath A

ISRN Preventive Medicine, vol, 2013.

Practice of physical activity among future doctors: A cross sectional analysis

2012-01-01 Rao CR Darshan BB Das N Rajan V

Int J Prev Med, 2012.

A cross-sectional analysis of obesity among a rural population in coastal Southern Karnataka, India

2011-01-01 Rao CR Kamath VG Shetty A Kamath A

AMJ, 2011.

Mass drug administration to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in Southern India

2010-01-01 Pattanshetty S Kumar A Kumar R Rao CR

AMJ, 2010.

Borrowing from the east to strengthen the West: Merging public health case studies of community-based service-learning practices from India and the United States

2010-01-01 Howard Donna E Rao CR Desmond

Journal of Community Practice 2010.

Nutritional status assessment of under-five beneficiaries of Integrated Child Development Services program in rural Karnataka

2010-01-01 Kumar A Kamath V Kamath A Rao CR

AMJ 2010.

A study on the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in coastal Karnataka

2010-30-06 Rao CR Pattanshetty S Sagir A

Int J Diabetes Dev Ctries, 2010 April-June, 30(2): 80–85.

Study of clinical profile and antibiotic sensitivity pattern in culture-positive typhoid fever cases

2012-01-01 Kumar A Pandit V Shetty S Rao CR

Indian Journal of Community Medicine, 2012.

Clinical manifestations and trend of dengue cases admitted in a Tertiary Care Hospital”, Udupi District, Karnataka

2010-01-01 Kumar A Rao CR Pandit VS Shetty S

Indian Journal of Community Medicine, 2010.

Evaluation of the screening strategy of NPCDCS program with respect to hypertension and diabetes in Udupi Taluk

2013-01-01 Dr Uttam Kumar

Karnataka, PG –Community Medicine (2013-2016), Cross-sectional study.

Estimation of annual cost incurred in the management of Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus and its co-morbidities in coastal Karnataka - A community-based study, PG, Community Medicine (2012-2015)

2014-01-01 Dr Eshwari K

Cross-sectional study. OBJECTIVES: 1. To assess the direct and indirect cost incurred for the management of Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus 2. To study the factors influencing the cost incurred for the management of Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus.

“A community based prospective study to evaluate the efficacy of the second dose of measles vaccination under the Universal Immunization Program in Coastal Karnataka”, PG, Community Medicine (2011-2014)

2014-01-01 Dr Sathiya Narayanan

, Prospective study. OBJECTIVES: 1. To estimate the maternal antibody levels against measles before first dose of measles vaccination. 2. To assess seropositivity rates after 1st & 2nd dose of measles vaccination. 3. To study the effect of maternal factors, child nutrition and socio-demographic factors influencing sero-conversion RESULTS: Seroconversion after 2nd dose of measles vaccine was 94%.

Study to assess the haemoglobin level among recently delivered mothers in a rural field practice area”, PG, Community Medicine (2010-2013)

2013-01-01 Dr Darshan B B

Cross- sectional study. OBJECTIVES: To assess recently delivered mothers with respect to, -Socio-demographic characteristics -Haemoglobin level -Factors associated with haemoglobin level RESULTS: The study included 343 recently delivered mothers among whom 91(26.5%) had anaemia, 89(25.9%) had mild anaemia, 2(0.6%) had moderate anaemia and no case of severe anaemia was detected.

Assessment of cultural beliefs and practices during the post natal period in a coastal town of South India - A mixed method research study

2012-01-01 Dhanya SM

7th semester MBBS, 2012, Mixed method research design - A combination of descriptive cross-sectional study and focus group discussion (FGD). OBJECTIVES: 1. To assess the beliefs and practices during post natal period with respect to, a. food taboos b. personal hygiene c. rest d. confinement at home 2. To assess association between the practices and socio-demographic characteristics RESULTS: During puerperium vegetables such as brinjal were avoided by 65.5% individuals and fruits like papaya by as many as 73.6%. Among the mothers interviewed 10.9% consumed less than 500ml of water every day and 10% did not drink milk at all. More than two thirds of the women took bath daily and maintained vulval hygiene. The concept of homemade remedies was found to be popular.

A study on the quality of life of patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension presenting to a tertiary care hospital in southern India

Varun Gosain

8th semester MBBS, 2011, Cross- sectional study OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of chronic diseases (type-2 diabetes and/or Hypertension) on the quality of life. 1. To find the association between quality of life and socio-demographic variables. 2. To find the association between quality of life and therapeutic control of the chronic illness. RESULTS: Most of the patients (46.2%) belonged to the ‘average’ category of Quality of life. 1. Out of the 17 patients who were in a state of Therapeutic control, 8(47.05%) patients had Good quality of life.

    Bone density camp held at RMCW Home Alevoor


    Udayavani kannada daily, October 18, 2013, on October 9, 2013.

    Eye camp held at Korangrapadi anganawadi


    Udayavani kannada daily dated March 26, 2013, on March 17, 2013.

    Dental camp held at RMCW Home Alevoor


    Udayavani kannada daily dated February 18, 2010, on February 14, 2010.