Competent with patients and populations: integrating public health into a medical program

Bell, Colin, Simmons, Annie, Martin, Erik, Mckenzie, Candice, McLeod, Janet and McCoombe, Scott 2019, Competent with patients and populations: integrating public health into a medical program, BMC medical education, vol. 19, no. 1, doi: 10.1186/s12909-019-1635-6.

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Title Competent with patients and populations: integrating public health into a medical program
Author(s) Bell, ColinORCID iD for Bell, Colin
Simmons, Annie
Martin, ErikORCID iD for Martin, Erik
Mckenzie, Candice
McLeod, Janet
McCoombe, ScottORCID iD for McCoombe, Scott
Journal name BMC medical education
Volume number 19
Issue number 1
Article ID 179
Total pages 17
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2019-05-31
ISSN 1472-6920
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Education, Scientific Disciplines
Summary BACKGROUND: As the global burden of chronic disease grows, and infectious disease threats loom large, the need for medical graduates with expertise in public health medicine (PHM) is growing. A recurrent challenge is integrating this broad knowledge into crowded medical curricula and making PHM relevant. This study describes the process of integrating public health content into an Australian graduate entry medical course. METHODS: A redesign of the PHM curriculum at Deakin University School of Medicine was conducted in 2014 to make the curriculum practice-based and solution-oriented. Central to the redesign was the development of a curriculum map. RESULTS: Public health is now taught from a practice-based framework adapted from the World Health Organization emphasizing skills aligned with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine domains that prepare students for specialisation. Learning outcomes are structured to build depth and application in student knowledge. Mapping the curriculum provided the ability to measure alignment of learning outcomes with course, university and accrediting body outcomes. Regular feedback from students indicates engagement has improved along with perceived relevance to future careers. CONCLUSIONS: Doctors with public health skills are increasingly sought after in Australia, particularly in rural areas. Deakin graduates are well placed to meet this demand.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12909-019-1635-6
Field of Research 111716 Preventive Medicine
1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920412 Preventive Medicine
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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