Course Work

Overview of Required Courses

(6 units are required with an Application, 12 units are required without an Application)

  • PEDS 250: The Social and Environmental Determinants of Health (3 units)

And one of the following:

  • PEDS 202C: Qualitative Research Methods and Study Design (3 units)
  • MED 247: Methods in Community Assessment, Evaluation and Research (3 units)
  • HRP 258: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Clinical Research (3 units)

Courses

  • PEDS 250: Social and Environmental Determinants of Health (3 units)

    How race/ethnicity and SES contribute to health disparities, how vulnerable populations are uniquely at health risk, and how the built environment relates to health and wellness. Topics include: gender, age, race/ethnicity, language, education, individual SES and neighborhood SES as related to health; individual and structural race bias; health needs of vulnerable populations (e.g., the homeless, the incarcerated, immigrant populations, children, and uninsured/underinsured); and environmental forces (e.g., urban design/planning, traffic/car culture, green space, housing, food access/culture, law enforcement, and media).

  • And one of the following:

  • PEDS 202C: Qualitative Research Methods and Study Design (3 units)

    Introduction to qualitative research methods and study design. Students gain practical experience designing a qualitative study. Explore qualitative methods through class lectures, foundational readings and hands-on learning. Core topics include: theoretical frameworks, research questions, methodological approaches (e.g., interviews, focus groups, participant observation, photovoice), data collection, sampling, reliability and validity, and IRB protocols. This course is designed for students needing support to plan and design an independent research project (e.g., Med Scholars, Honors Thesis). Prerequisite: Consent from instructor for undergraduates.

  • MED 247: Methods in Community Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (3 units)

    Students will learn pragmatic skills necessary for the design, implementation, and analysis of structured interviews, focus groups, survey questionnaires, and field observations. Based on in-class exercises, students will identify strengths and limitations of different study designs; construct interview and focus group questions; moderate focus groups; content analyze qualitative data using qualitative software; design questionnaire surveys,and correctly interpret commonly used statistical analyses. Open to medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates.

  • HRP 258: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Clinical Research (3 units)

    Fundamentals of probability and statistics for clnical researchers. Equips students with the tools to understand and critically evaluate the medical literature. Topics to include: random variables, expectation, variance, probability distributions, the Central Limit Theorem, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlation, regression, analysis of variance, and survival analysis.

    Electives

    Course options include, but are not limited to:

Free Clinics

MED 241: Context and Practice of Health Care in Free Clinics (1 unit)

MED 229A: Partnering with Free Clinics to Reach the Underinsured (2 units)

MED 229B: Partnering with Free Clinics to Reach the Underinsured (2 units)

Community-Based Clinics

INDE XXXA: Partnering with Community-Based Clinics to Reach the Homeless (3 units)

INDE XXXB: Partnering with Community-Based Clinics to Reach the Homeless (2 units)

Research

HRP 259: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology (3 units)

PEDS 253: Applied Skill-Building in Clinical and Community-Based Research (2 units)

PEDS 258: Developing and Defining Strong Community-Academic Partnerships (2 units)

MED 370: Medical Scholars Research (18 units)

Health/Wellness

EDUC 193A: Listen Up! Core Peer Counseling Skills (2 units)

EDUC 193P: Peer Counseling at the Bridge (1 unit)