We deliver specialist public health and primary care teaching to undergraduate medical students studying at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge.
Medical Training at the University of Cambridge
Learning about the sciences underpinning public health brings substantial benefits both to the practice of clinical medicine and to the health of the population. Doctors can practise medicine more effectively by applying critical appraisal skills to their decision-making. Doctors with a clear understanding of their role within the wider context of health and social care can influence the planning and organisation of services. An understanding of the wider determinants of health can enable doctors to advocate for interventions that will help to reduce health inequalities.
The University of Cambridge provides a traditional education to medical students. The overall course is divided into two components, Pre-Clinical training and Clinical training. Students studying medicine spend their first 3 years (pre-clinical) reading for a degree in Medical Sciences. Successful completion of this degree allows students to enter the Clinical School, where they spend 3 years studying clinical medicine, before qualifying as a Foundation Year 1, Doctor.
The Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge is responsible for designing, delivering and coordinating the Public Health and Primary Care teaching themes, in conjunction with the School of Clinical Medicine curriculum.
Whilst some of the teachers are drawn from within the Department, a large number work in the National Health Service and Public Health England throughout East Anglia. The Department of Public Health and Primary Care provides a range of materials via Medportal (you need to be registered to use this), a virtual learning environment to support students’ learning throughout their education.
The General Practice Education Group (GPEG) organises and delivers the general practice course and all GP placements for medical students at the University of Cambridge. Our team of GP Tutors and administrators is led by Dr John Benson, Senior Lecturer in General Practice.
Curriculum Consensus Statement
For further reading, please see this Consensus Statement, which outlines a concise core public health curriculum to support and enhance the development of undergraduate public health education in medical schools, despite the variety in learning context in each School. This document also describes educational approaches and assessment methods for public health, and opportunities for introducing public health throughout the clinical curriculum. Stephen Gillam set up and chairs the Public Health Educators in Medical Schools (PHEMS) network, produced an earlier version of the guidance and co-authored this one.