2. Objectives

The Population Health Clerkship strives to achieve objectives related to student learning, community service and service-learning.

Student learning objectives

1. Describe how socio-economic, cultural, policy, behavioral, environmental and biological factors contribute to specific individual and population health outcomes.

2. Collect and review existing data, identify gaps in data, and explain how data can be used to improve the health status of the population of focus (and, as relevant, the mission of an organization that works with the population).

3. Identify the common public health and advocacy strategies and programs for preventing and addressing a health issue in a population.

4. Work collaboratively with other health professional students, health care providers, and community agencies to develop strategies to advocate for a vulnerable population. This is achieved through the development of clerkship products including a service project that is negotiated with the team’s primary agency to meet a need.

5. Demonstrate an ability to be aware of, and reflect on, personal reactions to people with the particular health issues of focus. This is achieved through guided reflection.

Community service objective

Develop a data-driven product that will help a population meet a goal of improved health and/or a product or activity that the organization working with the population identifies as a need to improve health. This is achieved through development of a project, product or proposal.

Service-learning objective 

Articulate specific health professionals' social responsibility related to serving the health needs of a population.