Public Health Scholars Programs

An Online Learning Community and Course (October 2015 – April 2016)

What is Public Health?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases. Overall, it is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world.

Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research. Public health works to limit health disparities. A large part of public health is promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.*

*CDC Foundation

The purpose of AMSA’s Public Health Scholars Program (PHSP) is to expose medical students to public health and the current work that impacts health and wellness at a broader level. Through guest speakers, case studies, and individual projects participants will explore different areas of public health from the perspective of different sectors (academia, government, non-profit) and the work currently being done to improve population health.

There will be a series of seven lectures that correlate with at least one of the 10 Essential Public Health Services** from October through April, plus webinars on professional development. There will also be a subject matter expert presenting their work in the field and how they address that essential service. The lecture webinars will consist of a 30 minute presentation and 30 minute facilitated discussion.
Topics Include

  • Public health and medicine
  • Global health
  • Health policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Community and population health
  • Environmental health
  • Maternal and child health

**Ten Essential Public Health Services

Session Schedule

Date Session Title
10/27/2015 Public Health and Medicine
11/17/2015 Health Policy
12/15/2015 Global Health
1/19/2016 Epidemiology
2/16/2016 Environmental Health
3/15/2016 Community and Population Health
4/5/2016 Maternal and Child Health

Learning Objectives

By the end of the program, participants will be able to

  • define and explain the function of public health
  • discuss cases and programs that are currently being implemented
  • become more familiar with their local health department
  • plan a public health intervention

Participant Expectations

  • Attend monthly webinars
  • Participate in discussions following webinar
  • Discuss case study or journal article pertaining to monthly topic in online forum
  • Complete two final projects

Overall expected time commitment for program, including projects, is 3-5 hours per month.

Who Should Apply?

Medical and premedical students interested in public health and learning how to incorporate it with a career in medicine.

Program Registration Fees
AMSA Student Member $40
Non-Member $140*

* Non-member fee includes AMSA membership, if applicable

For More Information, Contact

Alison Case, MD, Education and Advocacy Fellow, AMSA
Mallika Sabharwal, Scholars Program Coordinator