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Welcome to the Improving Health Clinical School Teaching
Public Health teaching in the Clinical School is led by the Improving Health Teaching team which sit in the University Department of Public Health and Primary Care.
As a team we are responsible for the development and delivery of the Public Health teaching for the clinical medical students (years 4, 5 and 6) at the University of Cambridge.
The clinical course covers the breadth of public health including the wider determinants of health, health improvement, health protection and health services. The aim is to ensure all students understand a population approach to health and the importance of this to their future role as a doctor.
Improving Health Teaching Team
The Improving Health Teaching Team consists of:
- Director of Improving Health: Dr Anne Swift
- Assistant Director of Improving Health: Dr James Smith
- Improving Health Teaching Co-ordinator: Louise Andrew
We also have a dedicated Public Health teaching committee made up of members from different Public Health areas and clinical students which help with the development of the curriculum as well as being involved with the teaching.
- Dr Padmanabhan Badrinath: Consultant in Public Health Medicine (Suffolk Local Authority)
- Dr Penny Cresswell-Jones: Clinical Fellow in Public Health and Clinical Commissioning
- Dr Ian Diley: Consultant in Public Health (Southend-on-Sea Borough Council)
- Dr Helena Jopling: Consultant in Public Health (West Suffolk Hospital)
- Dr Mash Maidrag: Consultant in Public Health Medicine (Suffolk Local Authority)
- Prof Sumantra Ray: NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health Chair
We welcome medical students to join the teaching committee. Please contact Louise Andrew, Improving Health Teaching Co-ordinator if you would like to be involved.
Improving Health Teaching Course
Before the students arrive at the Clinical School they will have completed the pre-clinical course.
Pre-Clinical Course (Years 1-3)
The MedST is the pre-clinical course taken by students wishing to become doctors over their years 1 and 2. It is overseen by the Faculty of Biology.
Public Health is taught in Year 1 of the pre-clinical course. The two courses are:
- Introduction to the Scientific Bases of Medicine (ISMB)
- Social Context of Health and Illness (SCHI)
Further information about these courses can be found at the following link: https://www.biology.cam.ac.uk/undergrads/MedST/Current/Course/Years1and2.
Clinical Course (Years 4-6)
Public Health teaching, known as Improving Health, is delivered throughout the three year programme. The majority of these are delivered in Review and Integration weeks which sit between the larger placement blocks. In addition we deliver sessions in the
- Introductory Course (first two weeks)
- Year 4 Core Clinical Method Blocks
- Shared seminars with General Practice Education Group and Ethics and Law
- Year 4 Student Selected Components as well as providing supervisions for students undertaken these components
In addition we lead on the Global Health teaching.
Current Course Structure
Core public health knowledge including evidence based medicine, health inequalities, understanding health systems, disease prevention/health improvement, health protection, and occupational health.
Expansion of year 4 learning with more applied topical subjects including global health, palliative care, violence and child health, diversity, making change happen, leadership.
Focus on subjects directly applicable to role of junior doctor including resource allocation and quality of care.
Cambridge Graduate Course
CGC students receive the Year 4 content in year 2 of their course. They then join the standard course for the teaching in Year 5 and Year 6 (years 3 and 4 of the CGC course).
Improving Health is assessed along with Ethics and Law in Year 6 via a SAQ (Structured Answer Question).
All resources for the course can be found on the Clinical School’s VLE: https://vle.medschl.cam.ac.uk/login/index.php (password restricted).
Student Selected Component
For students who are looking to research Public and Global Health further long side the Clinical Course then the Year 4 SSC is one option.
We can offer a wide range of subjects relating to Public and Global Health such as:
• Health Improvement
• Health Protection
• Health Services
• Climate Change and Health
• Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare
We can also help students link up with supervisors from across the Institute of Public Health. For an idea of the range of fields cover please see http://www.iph.cam.ac.uk/our-research/research-highlights/
If you are interested in offering an SSC placement or you are a student looking to undertake your SSC in Public or Global Health please contact Louise Andrew, Improving Health Teaching Co-ordinator.
If you would like further information or you would like an availability form please contact Louise Andrew, Improving Health Teaching Co-ordinator