MD ID 6655 (2024/2025)

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MD ID 6655 - Leadership in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Rural Communities
Physicians in rural, remote or medically underserved communities depend on a diverse skill set that often goes well beyond clinical care. In small or resource limited communities, physicians are often called upon to lead efforts related to community health assessments and improvement, clinical care quality assurance and improvement, public health promotion and education, monitoring and evaluation of health programs and local non-profit or voluntary organizational missions. Through a mixture of didactic coursework, online learning and mentorship, students who complete this course will gain skills in community and organizational leadership, developing and improving health interventions and programs and planning a capstone community-oriented health improvement (COHI) project that will be implemented during the MSIII and IV year.

This course is the 2nd semester of the 2nd year continuum of education to support the Graduate Certificate in Rural & Underserved Medicine (GCRUM). It complements the 1st year courses, MDID 6550 (Introduction to Population Health in the Rural United States) and MDID 6555 (Rural Health Care Systems, Delivery & Resources), and the 1st semester of the 2nd year course, MDID 6650 (Applied Community Health in Rural Settings), currently offered to UUSOM medical students and aimed at medical students who want to further explore or who intend to pursue a medical career in a rural and/or underserved community.

Course Objectives:

As a result of successfully completing the Leadership in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Rural Communities, students will be able to:
1. Describe the collaborative approach to health promotion and disease prevention in rural communities, from the perspective of rural clinicians, community organizers, health care administrators, and political leaders across Utah.
2. Describe the non-clinical responsibilities that rural health care providers assume and the necessary skill-set required to promote community-wide health efforts.
3. Discuss the role of not-for-profit organizations in promoting community wellness, and understand the key elements to successful collaboration with community stakeholders
4. Building on Semester 1, complete and present a strategic plan for a theoretical COHI project.
Medicine, Interdepartmental
Credit Range
1.5 - 1.5
Academic Year
Permission Required
School Years
Course Classifications
Sandweiss,David (DD) |
Possible Grade(s)
Fail (F)Pass (P)
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Course may be added to schedule 30 days before it starts.
Drop Policy
Course may be dropped from schedule 30 days before it starts.
No syllabus.

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