Undergraduate Medical Education - Clerkship
1. Public Health Rotation
(part of Family Medicine/Public Health)

Introduction to Public Health Clerkship
The broad aims of the rotation in Public Health (6 weeks) are to enable the student to observe and understand health problems and the health system in the context of the community setting. The opportunity for the student to learn Public Health during the rotation occurs in three main ways:
  • Small group teaching before and after field placement
  • In the clinical practice of family medicine in a specific community setting
  • Experiential learning by observing and actively participating in the practice of community health through the regional and local health unit. 

Small Group Teaching prior to community placement: 

  • Orientation to Public Health rotation
  • Community Health Status Assessment
  • Discussion of “Hot Topic”
  • Simulation of Medical Officer of Health role
  • First Nations and Inuit Health Branch presentation (FNIB)
  • Workers Compensation Board presentation (WCB)
  • Manitoba Health Day, including sessions such as:
    • Orientation to the Role of Medical Officer of Health
    • Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
    • Public Health Surveillance
    • Public Health Inspection and Responsibilities
    • Public Health Practice – Environmental Health
    • Public Health Practice – Communicable Disease Control
    • Public Health Nursing Practice

D2L Online Discussion Forum

During the time that the clerks are completing their Family Medicine/Public Health rotations  throughout Manitoba, students are required to participate in a D2L online discussion forum. The discussion forum provides an opportunity for students to discuss interesting public and population health characteristics of their placement communities (including built environment, social environment, and health systems) and encourages reflection about the similarities and differences between the various community placements.

Family Medicine / Public Health Debrief

Following the Family Medicine/Public Health rotation, a joint debrief will take place so that students can discuss and reflect on their rotation experiences. At the debrief, each student will be asked to share one change that would improve the health of the population, describe why, and relate the proposed change to a recommendation in the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer’s Report on the Health of Manitobans (2011) http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/cppho/report.html .