The Path of Distinction in Public Health Learning Community is a group of public health interested Phase 2 and 3 medical students at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 

This group comes together at learning community meetings as an opportunity to learn more about a breadth of public health topics both in terms of didactics and applied skills. The Path of Distinction in Public Health Learning Community meets at least six times a year. Meetings are facilitated in a way to include the statewide campus.

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The Path of Distinction in Public Health Learning Community is an opportunity for like-minded students to meet consistently and build community.

The ultimate goals of these meetings and of the learning community are to support a cohort of future physician leaders skilled in the following:

  • Public health leadership and systems-based thinking
  • Scientific communication
  • Community engagement
  • Cultural humility
  • Integration of public health into clinical practice

Participation requirements

Participation in the Path of Distinction in Public Health Learning Community is an opportunity to meet consistently and build community with other like-minded students. It is expected that PoD-PH students consistently attend all learning community sessions as they are able. Remote access is available for those in the statewide campus.

Minimum requirements:

  • Lead or co-lead 1 learning community session before graduation
  • Attend 1 learning community session in Phase 2
  • Attend 3 learning community sessions in Phase 3

Learning session criteria

Each meeting will be approximately 2-4 hours and agenda items will differ based on topic. Below are examples.

  • Speakers
  • Q&A
  • Panel discussion
  • Skill builder
  • Journal article discussion
  • Discussion on public health topics in the news