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MD/MPH Optional Course Work

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

Public Health Leadership (15563)
This course is designed to be an overview of the opportunities and challenges associated with leadership in the field of public health. The student 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. The role of the physician in these and other agencies will be explored, as well as the more specific roles of health officer, epidemiologist, health scientist, health expert, advocacy champion, and program administrator. Readings on identified agencies and individuals will be complemented by case reports and articles on specific programs and individuals who have made significant impact in population health. This will be complemented by a presentation by the student to the elective faculty and students on the topic of a national or global public program or prominent practitioner.

Issues in Minority Health Care (15303)
This elective will allow the student to explore minority health issues through readings and informal discussions with faculty and various agency staff. Investigations of the areas outlined in the objectives may be library-based or agency-based. Students are expected to use faculty as tutor and present investigation results on course book assignments to faculty at the end of the week. Textbooks will be provided to students to guide knowledge and questions. Face to face meetings with faculty will occur twice, once at the beginning and once at the end of the elective.

Statistics in Medical Research (15664)
This elective will focus on the statistical and research design skills physicians need to have in order to be intelligent users of research results. Activities will include lecture/discussion, review of articles, and working with data sets, both in class and independently. Topics will include reading tables and graphs; understanding and using means, medians and standard deviations; estimation and hypothesis testing (confidence limits, t-z tests, chi-square, correlation and regression); methods used in analyzing survival data (life-tables, logistic regression); detecting sources of bias in different types of study designs (case-control, cohort, cross-sectional, clinical trials); interpreting p-values; estimating sample sizes, and any other student-initiated topic.

Clinical Ethics Consultation (35143)
Ethics may be regarded as the study and application of right conduct in matters of behavior where there is a large potential for harms or benefits or where people have duties and obligations to others. Ethical dilemmas arise when an individual's or a profession's code of ethics is silent with regard to a particular issue (i.e. cloning, stem cell research) or different values come into conflict (e.g., patient's right to confidentiality conflicts with ability to provide best care for the patient).This elective is designed to expose students to ethical issues that arise in the clinical care of patients. Students will become familiar with common medical ethical issues through short readings in medical ethics and involvement in the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service. Students will be expected to be available on an on-call basis for Ethics Consultation during the entire period of the elective. This may require availability during evenings or on weekends. Students will attend the Memorial Medical Center's Human Values and Ethics committee monthly meeting, should it occur during the period of the elective.

Service Learning Part 1 of 2: Introduction to the Community Health Needs Assessment Process (15713)
This course is developed to provide an introduction into performing and understanding a community needs assessment. Over the course of one week, students will meet for a minimum of 8 hours with faculty to review core community outreach principles addressing topics such as policy, research, needs assessments, and will review trainings on completing a community health needs assessment as well as evaluation of current community health needs assessments in the area.

Service Learning Part 2 of 2: Experiential Work Related (15723)
This course is developed to provide an experiential service learning curriculum opportunity. Students must complete Service Learning Elective Part 1 before taking Part 2. Students will spend 1 week working with community and health care partners that address an area of student identified interest from Part 1 of the elective.