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Preventive Medicine & Community Health

Primary Care Plus Scholars

Who are Primary Care Plus Scholars?

Primary Care Plus Scholars are medical students and PA students who participate in the Primary Care Plus program, and receive additional special training.

Why Should I Apply to be a Scholar?

Do you want to develop skills in

  • Collaborating with public health practitioners to promote individual patient health,
  • Partnering with public health agencies to address community health problems, and
  • Conducting population health research?

Primary Care Plus Scholars receive special training in integrating public health and primary care, participate in group mentoring activities, assume leadership roles on community based service projects, and are eligible to apply for research and travel funds for primary care or public health rotations and projects. They may also list Primary Care Plus Scholar as a selective program on their curriculum vitae.


Want to Apply?

We'll accept applications for the next group of Scholars in Fall 2015.


All students must complete the week-long Public Health Boot Camp held in May, the Public Health in the Community elective (or a comparable elective approved by the program director), and a scholarly project that integrates primary care and public health content. 

PA students selected for the program follow a program of study that includes a primary care rotation that incorporates a public health project. For project details, contact Program Manager.

Medical students selected for the program are encouraged to enroll in the Public Health Track or another primary care focused track (Rural Health, Global Health, Bilingual Health, or Geriatrics) or the MD-MPH dual degree program. Medical students accepted as Primary Care Plus Scholars should arrange their schedules to attend the Public Health Boot Camp the first week of in May. They may then complete clinical preceptorships as planned during the remainder of May and June. Primary Care Plus faculty members will coordinate with preceptorship supervisors to arrange the scheduling and proper credit.



Primary Care Plus Scholars can request funds to support travel and research that is related to your Primary Care Plus project.




Monthly seminars. Scholars also participate in a monthly seminarThese Public Health seminars include various speakers presenting on current Public Health topics. All seminars are held in Mary Moody Northen Room 102. 
Online discussions. The online Primary Care Plus Community of Practice allows faculty members, students, and community partners to brainstorm solutions and action steps to address public health problems. Discussions occur on Facebook and Twitter "Community of Practice" platforms. Search for UTMB Community of Practice on these social media sites to join the conversation!
Public Health Boot Camp.  Each May we host a week-long Public Health Boot Camp for Scholars and other students.


Primary Care Plus Program
Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

p. (409) 772-1128

Rudkin, Laura

Laura Rudkin, PhD
Grant P.I., Primary Care Plus

Kaitlin D. Ashmore, MPH, CHES
Program Coordinator

p. (409) 772-1140

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