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MD/MPH Required Course Work

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

Practicum in Community Health Education: Part 1 of 2 (2000013)
This is for students enrolled in the MD/MPH program- consists of three practical elements: an extended practical experience at a community agency with a strong public health focus. This is part 1 of a 2-part practicum. These four weeks should be focused on developing the relationship with the agency, developing the program to be carried out and initiation of the program. Prior to the start of the practicum students must (a) thoroughly investigate the agency's mission, programs, and resources to determine how well it will meet their career goals; (b) meet with the SIUC's MPH coordinator to arrive at professional objectives for the practicum, based on the Health Educator's Areas of Responsibilities and personal developmental objectives (c) have an agency agreement in place.

Practicum in Community Health Education: Part 2 of 2 (200023)
This is for students enrolled in the MD/MPH program - consists of three practical elements: an extended practical experience at a community agency with a strong public health focus. This is part 2 of a 2 part practicum. These two weeks should be focused on completion and evaluation of the project began in part 1.

Biological (and other WMD) Terrorism Preparedness and Response (15533)
The medical skills associated with biological terrorism identification and response are quite similar to those already possessed by many physicians as pertaining to other infectious disease. Though chemical and radiological events differ in terms of delivery, physiological effects, medical treatment options and response, physicians are integral partners from the local to national level. Individual physicians can much more effectively participate in both the health and healthcare of local individuals and to national security through a more thorough knowledge of the characteristics of potential agents and an understanding of the mechanisms in place for their surveillance and response. To that end, 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 level (e.g. NEDSS); preparedness activities to include infrastructure-boosting cooperative agreements to state health departments and healthcare surge capacity; command and control and lines of authority as they pertain to event response (e.g. NIMS); and an overview of planning and exercises.

Clinical Epidemiology (15453)
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 role of the physician in epidemic detection and response; testing and screening technologies; clinical trials; epidemiological study designs; and genetics. From this course, the student 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 (15543)
This course is designed to be an overview of the more recent trends in public health practice and research. There will be a combination of selected in-depth readings and discussion on 3-5 specific topics during the week. Discussions will complement the readings by providing more depth and background and allowing the exploration of potential solutions, whether at the individual physician or national policy level. Potential topics include: obesity and chronic disease care and management; terrorism preparedness and response; infectious and foodborne disease outbreak response; vaccination strategies, needs and policies; racial and other minority health disparities; environmental determinants of health; social and cultural determinants of health; health promotion versus health mandates. Readings and discussion will be complemented by the student performing a more in-depth review of a topic and developing a proposed intervention. This will be presented to the elective faculty and students.