Undergraduate Medical Education Pre-Clerkship

The principles and practice of Public Health and Preventive Medicine are an integral part of all fields of Medicine.  Most of the formal and specific learning of this subject occurs during the Population Health longitudinal course in Years 1 & 2, and in Clerkship academic time.   The goal of the PH course is to provide a broad framework of knowledge in order to measure and improve the health of individuals and populations. The PH course will teach you to consider societal and structural factors that impact health and wellness and help balance interventions at the individual level with the population level.  As a longitudinal course, it is built into other components of the scaffolded curriculum.  The PH course introduces concepts such as definitions of life, health, disease and death; burden of illness or size of the problem; causes or risk factors; the natural history of disease and prevention, and principles of evidence-based medicine.  In addition, the PH  course provides core concepts of statistical methods in the health sciences, research methods, and critical appraisal of the medical literature.  The PH course has recently undergone a curriculum renewal process;  this revised curriculum includes a greater emphasis on the social determinants of health, issues of health (in)equity, and teaching about key topics such as immigrant and refugee health, global health, disabilities and independent living, healthy sexuality, and LGBTTQ health.

The content of the course for Years 1 and 2 is divided into seven units, which are guided by the Objectives of the 3rd edition of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE).   In order to ensure that students are well prepared for the MCCQE, the objectives of the seven units closely follow the Population Health and Its Determinants series (78.1- 78.8 of the MCCQE). In Year 1, the course introduces the core concepts of population health in the areas of epidemiology, the determinants of health, health equity, research and statistical methods, evaluating treatment, risk and causation, prevention, immunization, global health, health of key populations and the Canadian Health Care System.   Year 2 includes the areas of environment and workplace health, outbreak management and further learning related to gender, sexual health, health promotion, global health, disabilities and independent living, scholarship, immigrant and refugee health, LGBTTQ health, resource management, and evaluating treatment.  


Representatives / Advisors

Director of Curriculum Renewal -
Dr. Jocelyn Reimer
College of Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Community Health Sciences
S113-750 Bannatyne Ave
Phone: (204) 789-3714