Course Number: PMCR-4001
completion of Year 2
Duration: 4 Weeks
Requirements: Please contact Dr. de Boer prior to enrollment to discuss course schedule.
Maximum Enrollment: 2
Periods Offered: 1-11
Faculty: Melanie de Boer, PhD
Goals: The student will become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of a Public Health Physician and investigate the relationship between the community based primary care physician and the local public health authority.
Objectives: By the end of the elective the student will be familiar with the important Public Health responsibilities of a community health department (e.g., public health functions [Institute of Medicine]; ten essential services of public health); the relationships between clinical practice and public health and, the impact of policies on health care and health outcomes including impacts on vulnerable populations During the rotation the student will become familiar with communicating and sharing health information with the public, the methods of assessing community needs/strengths and options for intervention (e.g., community oriented primary care), media communications (e.g., strategies of using mass media, risk communication) and, evaluation of health information (e.g., websites, mass media, patient information [including literacy level and cultural sensitivity])
Description of Course Activities: The four-week course will include 2-3 visits per week to the local Galveston County Health District and two hours per week of faculty tutorial discussion of assigned relevant readings at UTMB. The student will investigate the availability and uses of the selected medical evidence used to make local public health policy. The student will select a specific problem on which he/she will perform library research and subsequently complete a research paper focusing on intervention strategies of a specific community public health issue.
Students who would benefit from the course: Students interested in the community aspects of medicine care and those who may want to gain additional information about identifying and communicating public health risks.