Janine Bruce, DrPH, MPH
Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric Advocacy Program
*Summary Overview of Foundation (PowerPoint)

David Chang, MD, DrPH
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health


Objectives and Goals

Community Health is one of the eight Scholarly Concentration Foundations. Students are exposed to the important social and environmental determinants of health and develop pragmatic methodological skills in community-engagement, program evaluation, and intervention research. The Community Health curriculum empowers future physicians to improve the health of diverse communities and reduce health inequities through innovative scholarship and direct community engagement locally, nationally and globally.

Students  will choose a path of critical community engagement and engage in rigorous and longitudinal community-responsive scholarship with established community-campus partners to assess and reduce health inequities. 


Course Work: Students take elective courses specific to that path and engage in investigative work for their scholarly project. Students who pursue the Scholarly Concentration in Community Health solely or in conjunction with an application (e.g., Women's Health, Global Health, Prevention Research), are required to complete a total of 12 units. If you are pursuing an application, the 6 units of elective course will be taken in the application area. Please see Course Work for more details regarding required and elective course options. 

Scholarly Project: The overarching focus of all of the projects in this foundation area is a focus on health disparities. Students work with Stanford Faculty Advisors and community partners to develop projects that meet community-identifed needs and priorities. Some students will work with faculty to conduct health services research projects that explore health inequities through analyis of large population-level data sets.