Office of Community Health

Population Health Curriculum and Projects



Answering a nationwide call for the integration of population health teaching into medical education, the Stanford School of Medicine inaugurated its Population Health Curriculum in 2006.   Housed within the Practice of Medicine course required of all first-year students and coordinated through the OCH, the new curriculum provides students with background on the social and economic determinants of health, health disparities, and the unique physician role in addressing the community- and population-level factors impacting health.

An experiential component to the curriculum was incorporated by refining and folding in what was previously a stand-alone advocacy project requirement for first year students.  The Population Health Projects, as they are now known, give students the opportunity to integrate and apply their understanding of health determinants and physician advocacy, and to contribute to addressing some of the most pressing health challenges faced by the local community. 

grand rounds The Population Health Curriculum and Projects have been developed in collaboration OCH Community Partners, including the San Mateo and Santa Clara Public Health Departments, schools, individual clinics, and advocacy groups. Partners contribute a great deal towards meeting educational goals, by lecturing in the classroom, facilitating discussion sections and case studies, identifying and defining the parameters for student projects, and precepting groups in the community.

Ideally the partners also benefit from the contributions of student projects, many of which are carried on from year to year.

Program Leadership

Marina Martin, MD, MPH - Population Health Faculty Director
Courtney Burks , MPH, MA - OCH Program Manager
Madika Bryant, Practice of Medicine Education Coordinator


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