Students who participate in the Path of Distinction in Public Health may focus on any area, including urban health, rural health, global health, health care quality, health disparities and health policy.

This educational program's purpose is to provide additional public health didactics, experiential learning and mentorship that supplements the ForWard Curriculum and serves as a foundation for the MD-MPH Dual Degree Program.

Medical students who participate in the Path of Distinction in Public Health will:

  • Complete PHS 712 Integrating Medicine and Public Health
  • Complete one additional public health elective in the second semester of Phase 1
  • Identify and work with a project mentor to complete a project related to their preferred area(s) of interest. This project must be completed during the first summer of medical school.
  • Complete a scholarly paper based on your summer project to be approved by the Path of Distinction in Public Health faculty director. This paper is due by the end of winter break following the completion of your project.
  • Orally present at a symposium sponsored by the Path of Distinction in Public Health
  • Participate in the Path of Distinction in Public Health learning community
    • Co-lead one learning community session before graduation
    • Attend one learning community session during Phase 2
    • Attend three learning community sessions during Phase 3

View the requirements for medical students in the Legacy Curriculum.

Students who complete the Path of Distinction in Public Health will be expected to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate a systems-based approach to improving the health of populations
  • Draw upon community assets and system resources to improve the health of populations
  • Serve as an advocate to promote the health of populations
  • Effectively convey evidenced-based health practices, programs and policies to a variety of audiences
  • Bridge cultural and health literacy gaps to minimize disparities and optimize health outcomes
  • Integrate population-based strategies to influence health determinants and outcomes
  • Access and appraise the most relevant evidence from multiple sources to address important population-based questions
  • Counsel and educate patients and populations about health conditions, disease prevention and management and community resources to meet health needs

Students who participate in the Path of Distinction in Public Health may focus on any area, such as urban health, rural health, global health, health care quality, health disparities and health policy.

We look forward to working with students and faculty interested in integrating medicine and public health. Please contact any of us if you have any questions or suggestions. For more information about the Path of Distinction, please contact us at mdpublichealth@mailplus.wisc.edu.