Population Health in Practice
Population Health in Practice is a project that was created in 1986 with joint funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1992, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joined the program. Over a 10-year period, 33 academic health centers across the United States and Canada participated. KU School of Medicine-Wichita introduced PHP as a course in the fall of 1998. The goal in this course is to assist medical students to practice population-based medicine in these dynamic and changing times. The PHP focus is on defining, assessing, and providing health services for a specific population.
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About the course and its mission
The PHP course teaches about improving the health of populations.
- Students learn by executing Quality Improvement projects at regional inpatient and outpatient clinical facilities.
- Students learn about careful literature searching to guide population management and summarize the recommendations from their searches in evidence-based edits at WikiDoc (see list of edits).
- Students learn about institutional change and positive organizational psychology.
- Students learn about the funding, delivery, and ethics of population health. Each project includes a projected financial analysis.
For more information:
- KUSM-W profile: Medical school course emphasizes importance of quality improvement in real world medicine
- KUSM-W profile: Medical students propose 'interventions' for local health care institutions
- List of presentations and publications about the course
- Months available for this year