This course will introduce students to the structure and function of the healthcare system. It is comprised of two modules covering specific topics as part of a series using material outlined in the NBOME Blueprint as competencies required for generalist physicians to deliver safe and effective osteopathic medical care.
Module 3: PUBLIC HEALTH/HEALTH POLICY/EPIDEMIOLOGY
This module will introduce students to Public Health, Health Policy, and Epidemiology. In this module students will develop an understanding of a physician’s role in public health and how to use public health in practice. Students will be taught fundamental concepts of public health, epidemiology, and disaster preparedness that will be used in practice.
Module 4: VULNERABLE POPULATIONS/CULTURAL COMPETENCY
This module will introduce students to Vulnerable Populations and Cultural Competency. In this module students will develop an understanding of vulnerable populations as well as social inequalities, how these affect health outcomes, and the physician’s roles and responsibilities in these patients’ care. Students will also be introduced to cultural competency in health care and the importance of demonstrating respect, minimizing potential barriers, and integrating culture into the practice of medicine.