Health is "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmary." The World Organization, 1948
This rotation will provide an overview of public health and some of the major public health issues today. You will receive a general introduction to public health including health behavior, communication, policy, and epidemiology. Then we will delve into topics such as environmental health, the social determinants of health and health equity, and pandemics and disasters.
This rotation is not intended to transform you into an expert but rather to give you a survey of public health and its toughest challenges. In fact, each module could easily be its own course.
"An Irish cook named Mary Mallon was the first person identified as being the carrier in a typhoid outbreak. The media dubbed her "Typhoid Mary," and her trial and forced quarantine captured public attention. In this illustration, published around 1909, she is depicted breaking skulls into a skillet." Read more about Mary Mallon here.
"Since 1980, the Healthy People initiative has set goals and measurable objectives to improve health and well-being in the United States. The initiative's fifth edition, Healthy People 2030, builds on knowledge gained over the past 4 decades to address current and emerging public health priorities and challenges. An interdisciplinary team of subject matter experts developed national health objectives and targets for the next 10 years. These objectives focus on the most high-impact public health issues, and reflect an increased focus on the social determinants of health — how the conditions where people live, work, and play affect their health and well-being."
By the end of this clerkship rotation, students should be able to:
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