Family Medicine & Community Health Elective Course Description

Course Name: Principles & Practice of Preventive Medicine
Course Number: FC-491 
Elective Type: C
Coordinator(s): Judy Savageau MPH  Primary
Department: Family Medicine & Community Health
Sites Available: UMMHC & Mass Dept. of Public Health Boston
Months Offered: E1, E2, M3-M10 ( No M1 or M2)  
Number of Students / Month: 1
Prerequisites: Completion of 3rd year clerkships
Offered to UMass Students Only
Elective Description: To provide students with an overview of the basic principles and practice of preventive medicine and public health. To improve students’ knowledge and skills in selected areas of clinical preventive medicine commonly encountered in primary care practice:
  • The basic principles of patient-centered counseling to promote health behavior change.
  • Exercise physiology, assessment and prescription.
  • Nutritional counseling.
  • Evaluation and management of dyslipidemias.
  • Administrative office systems to support the delivery of clinical preventive service.
To develop the basic skills required to evaluate the effectiveness and quality of the delivery of preventive services in the primary care setting:
  • Review and evaluation of evidence supporting proposed approaches to preventive services.
  • Design and analysis of surveys of clinical providers and patients.
  • Development and presentation of recommendations for improving the quality of preventive services. 
Note: N/A
Location: UMMHC & Mass Dept. of Public Health Boston
Website: Department of Family Medicine & Community Health 
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