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Department: MEOSA-Student Affairs
Course: 440-LACE Public Health Elective

Course Director: Anne C. Gill, Dr.P.H., M.S.
Course Faculty: James Edmund Kelaher, M.D.
Elective Location: OTHR
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1A,1B,1C,2A,2B,2C
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Advanced
Credit: 4
Pre-requisites: Enrolled in MD/MPH dual degree prog/Completion of LACE pathway
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 8a - 5p; M-F (80hrs) Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics: 100
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
The overarching goal of this elective is for medical students enrolled in the MD/MPH dual degree program to leverage their required LACE experience to meet requirements for the MPH degree practicum. The Council on Education on Public Health (CEPH) mandates 180 hours for the MPH practicum. Each LACE pathway is approximately 100 hours. This elective will provide an additional 80 hours of LACE clinical time thereby allowing the MD/MPH student to meet the practicum requirement while still enrolled in medical school. Students must be approved before enrolling in this elective and must first have completed one of the LACE Pathways. The LACE pathways are: 1) HOMES, 2) GeriHOMES, 3) Women’s, 4) Underserved, 5)The Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, and 6) The Acute Care & Injury Prevention Clinics. The elective will continue to meet the following goals and objectives of LACE and, in addition, will fulfill the practicum requirements defined by the Council on Education on Public Health (CEPH) as engaging in work related to public health at an agency or organization located outside the School of Public Health
Learning Activities
• There are no planned reading requirements for this elective, however, the clinical preceptor may request students to read articles about issues or conditions related to public health. • There are no unusual expenses associated with this course. • On the first visit, meet with the preceptor and discuss the goals and objectives of the course. Identify additional public health learning goals unique to the assigned setting. • Confirm dates and ask about vacations or conferences to ensure someone else in the clinic is always available to precept student. • Attend clinic • Apply principles of public health, the chronic care model and evidence-based medicine to ambulatory problems. Learn and practice guidelines for health screening and preventive medicine appropriate to the practice. • Develop the ability to see patients quickly and effectively. Learn how to use time efficiently to evaluate and manage out-patient problems. • Develop the ability to write concise, organized and accurate notes reflecting the data gathered in the clinical encounter, the rationale for diagnosis and treatment, and the long term plan for care of chronic problems and/or health maintenance. • Learn as much as possible about the practical economy of an outpatient medical practice and become familiar with the costs of outpatient care to the patient.
Evaluation Methods
To fulfill the requirements for LACE Public Health elective the student must: 1. Complete 80 hours in a public health clinical setting 2. Daily document reflections using E*Value 3. Obtain a satisfactory evaluation from the clinical preceptor
When and Where to report on first day of service:
They should contact Anne Gill 2 weeks prior to anticipated start date to discuss their clinical assignment which will include when and where to report.
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Anne Gill, DrPH, MS, RN
Contact Phone: 713-798-7817
Contact Fax:
Contact Location: DeBakey Building, Curriculum Office, M220

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