Curriculum

The 54-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.

Year 1

F – Foundational course
T – Track-specific course

Fall Semester

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
F1: Community Medicine and Social Determinants of Health I (Infectious Diseases)
3.0
F2: Health Systems Sciences I (Process Improvement Opportunities)
3.0
T1: Introduction to Life Sciences I (Biological Sciences)
3.0
T2: Community Health Interventions I (Nutrition and Health)
3.0
F3: Strategies for Professional Success I (Learning and Communication)
3.0
Capstone I: The Community-Based (“Service”) Learning Experience I
3.0

Spring Semester

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
F1: Community Medicine and Social Determinants of Health II (Chronic Diseases)
3.0
F2: Health Systems Sciences II (Implementing Process Improvements)
3.0
T1: Introduction to Life Sciences II (Chemistry and Behavioral Science)
3.0
T2: Community Health Interventions II (Common Community Health Challenges)
3.0
F3: Strategies for Professional Success II (Problem Solving and Presentation)
3.0
Capstone I: The Community-Based (“Service”) Learning Experience II
3.0

Year 2

F – Foundational course
T – Track-specific course

Fall Semester

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
F4: Direct to Community Healthcare I
3.0
F5: Motivation, Change, and Leadership I
3.0
Capstone II: The Health Improvement Intervention I
6.0

Spring Semester

Course Number
Course Name
Credit(s)
Instructor(s)
F4: Direct to Community Healthcare II
3.0
F5: Motivation, Change, and Leadership II
3.0
Capstone II: The Health Improvement Intervention II
6.0