MD ID 6550 (2023/2024)

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MD ID 6550 - Introduction to Tribal, Rural, and Underserved (TRU) Population Health
Significant health disparities in the United States are a growing concern. To successfully address these challenges will require a multi-faceted approach across all aspects of the health care delivery system, and society more broadly. Developing a comprehensive understanding of tribal, rural, and underserved (TRU) population health and the inequities with which these communities contend, is vital for all physicians, especially for those who intend to enter TRU primary care. This introductory course will explore the social determinants of health, and the complex intersectionality inherent in our system, including the overlapping, and sometimes competing, challenges in caring for a wide spectrum of rural communities (ie tribal communities vs. ethnically diverse Hispanic centers vs, LDS enclave vs. racially-mixed communities of the African American South, as an example) and medically underserved urban communities.

Though the geographic, demographic, and socioeconomic characteristics in the rural and urban underserved United States are remarkably diverse, medical practice in these communities (especially in rural and frontier communities) requires a broad skill set given 1) the wide range of medical conditions health care providers in resource-limited environments must manage, and 2) the local and regional leadership roles that these clinicians are often asked to serve, related to community-oriented health improvement interventions, administrative and educational leadership, and development and implementation of health policy. By participating in this course, and others in the Tribal, Rural, and Underserved Education (TRUE) Certificate, medical students will examine TRU population health through the lens of public health, social determinants of health, and health delivery systems, thus building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and attributes essential in successfully responding to health inequities in TRU communities. This is a required course for MS1s interested in completing the TRUE Certificate. However, this course has no prerequisite requirements and can be completed by any medical student who desires to explore TRU health.


Monday, September 18, 2023 - 1:00pm-2:30pm
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 9:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 10:30am-12:00pm
Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 1:00pm-2:30pm
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 9:00am-12:00pm
Friday, December 15, 2023 - 10:00am-12:00pm
Medicine, Interdepartmental
Credit Range
.5 - 1
Academic Year
Permission Required
School Years
Course Classifications
Sandweiss,David (DD) |
Possible Grade(s)
Fail (F)Incomplete (I)Pass (P)
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Virtual Section can only be added with Permission from Course Coordinator

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This course can be dropped anytime before the last day of class.

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Available Sections

Title Tags Year Start/End C S W
MD ID 6550 - Introduction to Tribal, Rural, and Underserved (TRU) Population Health - VIRTUAL ELECTIVE 2023/2024 09/18/2023 - 12/15/2023 1 9 0
MD ID 6550 - Introduction to Tribal, Rural, and Underserved (TRU) Population Health ELECTIVE 2023/2024 09/18/2023 - 12/15/2023 1 -8 0
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