Curriculum

The 48-credit MSCM program prepares students as skilled community medicine practitioners to work in the safety net community clinics, federally qualified health centers, public health departments, healthcare systems, non-governmental organizations, and industries that serve those communities.

All courses are taught online, asynchronously, with real-world, community-based experiences occurring in the student’s geographical location.

Students take courses to build their knowledge foundation and complete a capstone learning experience in the first year. Relevant electives will be offered based on whether the student wants to pursue employment following graduation or continue onto medical school/health provider programs. Students complete two foundational courses in the second year and apply their mastered knowledge to real-life experiences with a second capstone project.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements
Credits
Core Courses
24.0
Track Courses
• Medical Sciences Track
• Community Health Interventions Track
6.0
Community Engagement Capstone Courses
18.0

Subtotal Credits: 48.0

Core Courses

All students must complete the Core courses for the MS in Community Medicine.

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Infectious Diseases and Community Health (Y1FA)
3.0
Chronic Diseases and Community Health (Y1SP)
3.0
Health Systems Sciences (Y1FA)
3.0
Advanced Health Systems Sciences (Y1SP)
3.0
Direct to Community Healthcare (Y2FA)
3.0
Advanced Direct to Community Healthcare (Y2SP)
3.0
Motivation, Change and Leadership (Y2FA)
3.0
Advanced Motivation, Change and Leadership (Y2SP)
3.0

Subtotal Credits: 24.0

Track Courses

Students must declare one of two tracks: Medical Sciences (MS) or Community Health Interventions (CHI). Students must complete 6.0 credits of Track courses within their first year.

Year 1 Track Courses

Medical Sciences Track

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Anatomy and Physiology (FA)
3.0
Pathology and Pharmacology (SP)
3.0

 

Community Health Interventions Track

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Nutrition and Health (FA)
3.0
Community Health Challenges (SP)
3.0

Subtotal Credits: 6.0

Community Engagement Capstone Courses

Students must complete 18.0 credits of Community Engagement Capstone courses. The Community Engagement Capstone courses consist of 6.0 credits of Materials and Methods for Community Engagement Capstone courses and 12.0 credits of a Community Engagement Capstone Project. Students must dedicate at least 10 hours per week to the Community Engagement Capstone Project in Year 2.

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
Materials and Methods for Community Engagement Capstone (Y1FA)
3.0
Advanced Materials and Methods for Community Engagement Capstone (Y1SP)
3.0
Community Engagement Capstone Project (Y2)
6.0

Subtotal Credits: 18.0

Note: In order to enroll into the MSCM 5998 Year 2 Community Engagement Capstone Project, the MSCM Program Director must approve the Community Engagement Capstone Proposal due on May 1 of the Year 1 as part of the MSCM 5499 Advanced Materials and Methods for Community Engagement Capstone course.