Course Title: Introduction to Population Health and Community Oriented Primary Care
Semester: Spring 1st Year
Course Description: Introduction to Population Health and Community Oriented Primary Care is a three-credit course introductory course that explores the complex determinants of health and is designed to help students critically evaluate and apply their understanding of these determinants to develop strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. First, we will consider theoretical and foundational concepts that are key to understanding community and population health, such as the meaning of health, the concept of community, the ways in which health problems are analyzed and framed, and how we study communities/populations and the health issues they face. We will then apply these concepts to specific health issues, including communicable and non-communicable diseases. Within each area, we will discuss the social, ecological, and biomedical aspects of health and illness. Within each topic, there will be a strong emphasis on identifying potential solutions (or “interventions”) to improve the health of individuals and populations. Through a socio-ecological framework and using a problem-based interactive learning approach, students will begin to acquire, apply, and integrate the knowledge and skills required to understand, prevent, and improve current community health problems. This course employs lectures, small group activities, and discussions to characterize social influences on population health and community-oriented primary care, with an emphasis on the health of urban communities.