A new core public health curriculum has been published by the Public Health Educators in Medical Schools network, chaired by Dr Stephen Gillam of the Cambridge Institute of Public Health. The aim is to support and enhance the development of undergraduate public health education in medical schools, despite the variety in learning context in each School.
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 new 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.
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