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Public Health - PREV 540


Students must be in good academic standing and have completed all of the seven (7) required Junior Clerkships.


Multiple; vary according to availability; include:

  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (various divisions, e.g., Cancer Prevention and Control, Chronic Diseases, Maternal and Child Health)
  • Local health departments (e.g., Howard County)
  • Other agencies
  • Students may propose sites/preceptors subject to approval of the course director


Students will rotate in local, state, or federal public health agencies, where they will participate in activities pertaining to communicable disease control, environmental health, maternal and child health, mental health, or health care administration. There may be opportunities for work in health department clinics, exposure to legislative and regulatory procedures, and conduct of short-term research projects to study specific public health problems. Specific activities will vary according to the rotation site.

Assignments will be made following individual consultation with the course director taking into account the student’s background and career goals.

Goals and objectives:

  • Gain “real world” experience in preventive medicine and public health in a state or local health department or other public health setting.
  • Learn population-based approaches to health and health care to complement the knowledge and skills developed and refined in traditional clinical rotations.
  • Understand the link between public health and the student’s future specialty choice.

Course Requirements:

  • Participate in assigned activities at the rotation site.
  • Record a log of daily activities
  • Complete a modest project developed jointly with the site preceptor

Number of Students:

Up to four students each academic month (depending upon availability)

Time of Year Available:

All academic weeks, depending on availability of specific sites


Monday –Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (approximate; hours vary according to site). May involve some evening and/or weekend work depending on site (e.g., outbreak investigation, flu vaccination campaigns)

Faculty Responsible:

Dr. Sania Amr

Last Revision: September 30, 2013