Community Health and Social Medicine Course Descriptions


MED  22409

Population Health and Community Health Assessment

Spring, 2nd Year/3 credits

4 hrs/week (lecture, small group, TBL and laboratory)

Co-requisite:  None

Duration: 15 weeks

Course Coordinator: Sharina Marte

Course Director: Christine Sheffer, Ph.D.

This course is the third Population Health course. Its goal is to continue exploring population health and its importance for medicine, building from theory and practice presented in Sociomedical Sciences and using the literature, which the students learned to master in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Different perspectives and applications of population health in New York City will be presented through seminars led by experts, including representatives from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health (NYCDOHMH). The course focuses on providing students with an opportunity to practice descriptive epidemiology/biostatistics by completing a Community Health Assessment (CHA). Students will learn about the purpose and procedure behind the CHA, and using census and NYCDOHMH data, will complete a CHA for their home neighborhood. Students will expand on their SPSS skills as well.


MED 24409

Evaluation in Healthcare Settings

Spring/Summer, 2nd Year/6 credits

24 hrs./week (lecture, small group, computer laboratory, and clinic / field work)

Co-requisite: None

Duration:   7.5 weeks

Course Coordinator: Sharina Marte

Course Director: Donna Gooden-Johnson, MSW

 This course is the fourth Population Health course. Its goal is to continue exploring population health and its importance for medicine, building from prior theory and practice, and methods courses. The focus of this course will be to discuss how population health and primary care intersect in the health care setting, and for students to explore how social and economic factors that predict health and disease patterns may also predict patterns of health services, and how access to health services influences health outcomes and population health statistics. The course is developed to provide students with an opportunity to expand and practice analytic epidemiology/biostatistics skills by completing a health services research project in small student groups. Data analysis skills that will be introduced include regression and survival models. Projects will be developed in concert with community health center leadership that will allow students to practice developing research questions, collecting/compiling data, analyzing and interpreting data, and presenting results. Simultaneously, the students will experience acting as part of a clinical team to use population health and epidemiology skills to address questions related to health care access and delivery. Students will expand on their SPSS skills as well.

MED  22309

Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Fall, 2nd  Year/4 credits

  4 HoursPrerequisites:  None

Duration: 15 weeks

Course Director: Philip Smith, Ph.D.

 The course combines problem-based learning and lecture. Students will apply basic biostatistical and epidemiological methods to solve population health problems. By the end of the course students will be familiar with probability distributions, statistical tests to compare groups, and epidemiologic study designs, and will have a basic understanding of SPSS software.

MED  32509

U.S. Health Care System

Fall, 3rd Year/3 credits

 3 hours per week

Prerequisites:  None

Duration: 15 weeks

Course Director:  Tashuna Albritton, PhD, MSW

This course is the fifth Population Health course. Its goal is to continue exploring population health and its importance for medicine, building from prior theory and practice courses and methods courses. The focus of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to critically examine how the U.S. health care system and policy-making apparatus influence health in the U.S. In lectures and small groups, students study the structure of the health system and medical insurance, and the roles of public health, primary care, and medicine in influencing health. How social factors influence the access, cost and quality of healthcare are discussed, with particular emphasis on their relevance to underserved, low income, and minority populations. In concert with skills acquired in other population health courses, students completing this course will emerge with a basic understanding of approaches and resources for health services research.

MED  40709

Selectives in Population Health Research

Fall, 4th Year / 2 Credits

4 credits total (2 credits each semester); 16 hrs classroom and 14 hrs small groups each semester.

Prerequisite: None

Duration: Year-long

Course Director: Nancy Sohler, PhD, MPH

This course is the seventh CHASM course. Its goal is to integrate all previous courses and give students an opportunity to practice integrating population health skills and knowledge with skills and knowledge obtained from the clinical and basic science curriculum in order to practice solving population health problems, or to address clinical questions using a population health perspective. The course has two different tracks. In the first track (integration of research and practice), students will work in groups to address small to medium sized public health problems using their knowledge and skills and the evidence from the published literature. Students will be able to practice critiquing population health strategies, theories, and methods, and be forced to come to policy and practice decisions. Students in both tracks will partake in sessions on research ethics, developing hypotheses, using the literature to make population health and research strategy decisions, and refreshers in biostatistics and epidemiology. In the second track (independent research track), students will conduct a mentored research project.

Students will be better able to read, evaluate and interpret the clinical and population health literature if they are able to define a research question and testable hypothesis, develop a strategy to test this hypothesis, collect and analyze data, and then draw inferences in the context of the design (including its limitations). The purpose of this track is to provide students who have specific clinical research interests with this opportunity to undertake a mentored research project.

MED 53900

Clinical Decision Making and Evidence-Based Medicine

Fall, 5th Year/2 credits

2 lecture and conference hours per week

Prerequisite: MED 33501

Duration: 15 weeks

Course Director: Erica I. Lubetkin, M.D., M.P.H.

This course focuses on applications of the scientific method to evaluations of medical practice. Through lectures and problem-solving workshops, the course reviews the methods of evidence-based assessment of the medical literature. Using examples taken from the peer-reviewed scientific literature, students gain understanding of core concepts such as probability, sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic testing, measurement of risk, pre-and post-test likelihoods, decision analysis and cost effectiveness analysis. These concepts are built upon in small group settings in the context of decision making within clinical practice.


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