Essentials of Public Health
MED MS 129
Essentials of Public Health is a course designed to teach the social, ethical, political and economic context of health care and also to teach the basics of epidemiology and biostatistics so that students can critically read and interpret the medical literature. The goal of this course is to produce well-rounded students prepared to practice medicine with a robust knowledge of the population-level factors influencing clinical practice. Topics covered will include the design, conduct and critical appraisal of research trials; quality improvement and practice transformation; translational medicine; the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the social determinants of health; relevant legal and ethical issues to the clinical practice of medicine; health policy, health insurance and the structure and organization of the US health care system.