Dr. Erik Black, a master’s in public health student at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, published a commentary, “Why isn’t learning about public health a larger part of becoming a doctor?”, on the academic and research news website The Conversation.
“If we want the next generation of medical professionals to understand why some patients have an easier time following a care plan than others, or understand what causes these conditions so we can prevent them, medical schools need to look toward public health,” Dr. Black writes.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, nearly one-third of graduates report that training related to community health and social service agencies was inadequate.
Dr. Black’s article highlights UF’s interprofessional learning program that brings together students from several health disciplines for service learning projects with local families, and joint degree programs at other universities that allow students to earn public health and medical degrees in four years.
Dr. Black is an assistant professor of general pediatrics at the UF College of Medicine and a member of the Interprofessional Education Committee of the UF Health Office of Interprofessional Education.