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Courses offered by PSP

*Courses may change without notice. Contact Natalie Dougherty with any questions about course availability.


Bioethics: The Human Experience in a Rapidly Changing World

Bioethics: The Human Experience in a Rapidly Changing World is taught by a physician and a lawyer, both of whom have extensive knowledge of the subject matter. Discussions will cover reproductive rights and technologies, death and dying, decision-making for patients and children, experimentation, application of new technologies to old medical dilemmas, and other current topics of interest.


Biological (and other WMD) Terrorism Preparedness and Response

Though chemical and radiological events differ in terms of delivery, physiological effects, medical treatment options, and responses, physicians are integral partners from the local to national levels. This elective will provide an overview of: biological, chemical, and radiological agents; how these agents may be disseminated and their physiologic effects; treatment strategies; surveillance activities at the state and national levels; preparedness activities to include infrastructure-boosting cooperative agreements to state health departments and health care surge capacities; command and control and lines of authority as they pertain to event responses; and an overview of planning and performing exercises.


Cancer Health Disparities

Cancer health disparities are the disproportionate cancer burdens experienced by different population groups as defined by a group’s gender, geographic location, race/ethnicity, income, or other characteristics. This course will include didactic sessions and readings to provide students with a foundational understanding of the multilevel determinants of cancer health disparities across the cancer control continuum from prevention to survivorship. Multilevel determinants range from distal factors, like public policy, to proximal factors, such as allostatic load, and genetic factors that can affect cancer outcomes. Topics will include: introduction to cancer health disparities models and frameworks; overview of the multilevel factors affecting cancer health disparities; populations affected by disparities; components of the cancer continuum; study designs and interventions used to address disparities; and applications for clinical practice.


Clinical Epidemiology

This course will include didactic presentations and clinical epidemiology problem sets to provide students with a well-rounded set of activities designed to present the fundamentals of clinical epidemiology. Topics include: introduction to epidemiology; basic measures and disease occurrence; medical surveillance, disease outbreaks and the role of the physician in epidemic detection and responses; testing and screening technologies; clinical trials; epidemiological study designs; and genetics. From this course, students will gain a working knowledge of epidemiological principles, how they are used to study populations for questions of clinical significance, and how these principles may be applied to patient care.


Emerging Trends in Public Health

This course is designed to be an overview of the more recent trends in public health practices and research. There will be a combination of selected in-depth readings and discussion on 3-5 specific topics during the week. Potential topics include: obesity and chronic disease care and management; terrorism preparedness and responses; infectious and foodborne disease outbreak responses; vaccination strategies, needs and policies; racial and other minority health disparities; environmental determinants of health; social and cultural determinants of health; and health promotion versus health mandates.


FISH2Lead (Finding Innovative Solutions in Healthcare)

This two-week course provides an in-depth examination of the processes of diffusion of innovation by exploring theories, principles, and practices. Through a series of podcasts and articles, students will learn about recent innovations that are increasing positive health outcomes across the globe. Topics such as marketing, unintended consequences, and sustainability will also be explored. Finally, students will be encouraged to apply their knowledge gained for the development of a futuristic project for residency research and/or implementation.


Health Policy Government Relations

This one-week course provides an overview of health policy and its challenges with regard to government relations. Learners will explore how government plays a role in the implementation, progress, sustainability, oversight, and evaluations of policy as it relates to healthcare. Students will have opportunities to engage with legislators, advocates, regulators and policy makers at the state capital and compose a policy paper on an issue of their choosing.


Medical Malpractice: Law for the Practitioner

This  two-week course addressing the medicolegal nature of the provider and patient relationship, including standard of care, duties of the provider to the patient and employer, practice protocols, HIPAA and confidentiality, informed consent, and insurance. It will also examine complex legal issues in medicine including tort concepts in standards of care, EMTALA, expert witnesses, Good Samarian defenses, fraud and concealment, and peer review and protections. 


Parenting and Child Health

Students will explore theories of parenting practices like monitoring and supervision and how practices shape child development, parent-child relationships and ultimately health outcomes. Learning experiences will include in-depth discussions, parent-child observations in a natural environment, and a report on finds to be presented in class. . 


Public Health Leadership

This course is designed to be an overview of the opportunities and challenges associated with leadership in the field of public health. Students will become familiar with the workings of national and global agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the Public Health Service (PHS), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations (UN). The role of  physicians in these and other agencies will be explored, as well as the more general/specific roles of health officers, epidemiologists, health scientists, health experts, advocacy champions, and program administrators.


The Social Life of Food: A Brief Introduction

Drawing on research and literature from the sociology of food, this course will introduce students to aspects surrounding food that go beyond eating as a means of sustenance. Social meanings associated with food, as well as what role food and eating play in relationships, will be examined and students will work to answer questions such as: “What meanings are associated with sharing, providing, and preparing foods?”