The Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) participates in all four years of the medical curriculum. The goals and objectives of the teaching in Community Health Sciences are consistent with the Undergraduate Medical Education Learning Objectives of the Faculty of Medicine, which include seven roles of responsibility: medical expert, communicator, collaborator, manager, health advocate, scholar, and professional.
In the first year, students are taught the core concepts of community health sciences (Population Health & Medicine course, Block 1) in the subjects of epidemiology, research and statistical methods, the framework for the determinants of health, disease prevention, health promotion, occupational and environmental health, health policy, and evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal. In the Human Development course (Block 2), lectures and tutorials emphasize the social determinants of health and applications of principles of community development to health promotion at various stages in the life cycle. In the systems blocks, sessions address community health objectives related to specific body systems and diseases.
At the beginning of the third year, Transition to Clerkship teaching sessions focus on organizational aspects of medicine and other community health science topics relevant to all clerkship rotations. The clerkship years provide the student with opportunities to apply the principles of community health sciences to the practice of public health in the community. The department also provides students with the opportunity to choose an elective rotation in Public Health and Preventative Medicine. First Nations. Métis and Inuit Health core competencies in cultural safety and the historical context of health services are an important component of undergraduate teaching and are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
The third edition of the Objectives for the Qualifying Examination of the Medical Council of Canada include many objectives related to population and public health, as well as organizational, legal and ethical aspects of the health system, demonstrating the importance and relevance of a community health curriculum in the training of medical doctors. These objectives include a large number of topics that are learned in sessions organized by the Department of Community Health Sciences.
Further CHS curriculum information is available under the following listed sections:
Pre-Clerkship (Med I and Med II)
Pre-Clerkship is divided into six blocks, three per year.
CHS sessions are primarily in the first two blocks of Med I and include lectures (L), tutorials (T), assigned study (A), panel discussions (LD), structured controversy debates, and off site experiential learning (OS).
Transition to Clerkship (Med III)
A five-week program in preparation for clerkship includes community health presentations.
Clerkship (Med III and IV)
Includes public health small group teaching sessions and community practice in the Family Medicine/ Public Health Clerkship In addition Community Health Sciences elective rotations include opportunities for additional training.
Community Health Sciences Elective
The elective rotation in Community Health Sciences will offer components subject to the specific interests of the student in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, J. A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit and in Aboriginal Health.
Undergraduate Departmental Representatives/Advisors:
Pre-Clerkship, Population Health & Medicine
Dr. Allen Kraut
S108j Medical Services Building
Phone: (204) 789-3294
Pre-Clerkship, Human Development
Dr. Joe Kaufert
S113C Medical Services Building
Phone: (204) 789-3798
Family Medicine / Public Health Clerkship
Dr. Joel Kettner
S108C Medical Services Building
Phone: (204) 789-3277
Public Health and Preventive Medicine Elective
Dr. Lisa Richards
490 Hargrave Street
Phone: (204) 940-3608
Administration for the Program: