Public Health Education in Medical Schools Persuasive Essay by scribbler

Public Health Education in Medical Schools
A discussion on the importance of a public health education in medical schools.
# 152747 | 1,122 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 25, 2013 in Education (Higher) , Medical and Health (Nursing)

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The paper addresses the importance of undergraduate public health education in medical schools and explains why the doctor must understand the interrelationship between public health and individual health and integrate this knowledge into his or her practice of medicine. The paper then turns to the goals of public health education and discusses how they encompass a better quality of life for patients, and also for society as a whole. Finally, the paper devotes time to discussing the benefits of cooperation among medical schools; the paper discusses how cooperation would allow for more comprehensive study of what forms of medical education specifically promote health-improving practices amongst the public, medical schools would become more effective and greater sharing would facilitate generating student interest in public health. The paper concludes that solutions can only be found to public health dilemmas if doctors begin to think more critically about public health issues in their practice.

Importance of Undergraduate Public Health Education in Medical Schools
The Goals of Public Health Education in Medical Schools
Benefits of Cooperation among Medical Schools

From the Paper:

"Public health goals can be identified as belonging to three main areas: health services, or the organization and delivery of safe, quality healthcare to individuals and populations; health protection, or the treatment and containment of infections and environmental hazards; and health improvement, or education in proper health practices designed to reduce the need for intervention and care on an individual and population-wide basis (Gilliam & Maudsley, 2009, p. 126). Every individual and community has a different diagnosis for health improvement, based upon these three general overviews. Within the developed world, for example, reducing obsegenic factors such as the consumption of fast food and a lack of exercise might be a priority, while in the developing world reducing malnutrition and improving transportation infrastructures to public health clinics might be the major goals.
"Regardless of the social context, however, treating public health concerns requires a macro as well as a micro focus. However, in their medical school training, doctors are often under-exposed to the needs of the public at large regarding health. The focus is on the 'nuts and bolts' of biology and anatomy on an individual level, rather than issues of public health treatment. Individual decisions affect the health of the community. A doctor might be told how and when to give vaccinations to a child, but understanding the public psychology of health 'scares' can be helpful in quelling the fears of parents who are unwilling to vaccinate their toddlers and increase compliance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gilliam, Stephen, Gillian Maudsley. Public health education for medical students: Rising to the professional challenge. Journal of Public Health, December 2009, 32(1): 125-131.
  • Edwards, R., M. White, D. Chappel, J. Gray. Teaching public health to medical students in the United Kingdom--are the General Medical Council's recommendations being implemented? Journal of Public Health Medicine, 1999, June 21(2):150-7.

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