The American Journal of Preventive Medicine released its October supplement, which includes more than 30 research papers and commentaries authored by top medical educators and public health professionals. The supplement is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2010, a conference titled, "Patients and Populations: Public Health in Medical Education," was held by the AAMC and the CDC in an attempt to strengthen collaborations between academic medicine and public health. The supplement grew from this conference.
GSPH, in collaboration with the Pitt School of Medicine began a Public Health Area of Concentration (AOC) that provides an optional, integrated curriculum that includes key elements of research, practice, and leadership. The local county health department is also in partnership. Resulting is a program that provides mentorship and training over 4 years of education designed to mend the long historical divide between the skills and constituencies of individual and population health. In addition, the AOC is relatively easy and inexpensive to implement and is modular in nature. The Public Health AOC is a simple model for incorporating many key aspects of public health into medical education and can be duplicated by any university that is willing to create partnerships and work across boundaries.
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