Scholarly Concentrations Program (SCP)

Health Disparities (hdSC)


This concentration looks to enrich education through clinical experiences and independent learning in the area of health disparities. Students will study historical and topical details of barriers for the medically underserved and investigate cross-cultural issues in healthcare while blending theoretical and practical learning. Students will identify and evaluate disparities in healthcare, learn about challenges to medical practice with medically needy populations, act as an advocate to eliminate health disparities in part by legislative lobbying, and reflect upon relevant clinical experiences throughout the four years of medical school. Students are expected to volunteer in activities related to the underserved throughout their medical school career. At least once a year the collective membership of the concentration will lead an effort to address needs related to an underserved population.


All students are required to actively participate in monthly journal clubs in their first two years, to volunteer in activities related to underserved populations, reflect upon relevant clinical experiences and complete a capstone project approved by hdSC leaders by the end of year 4. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a summer scholarly project or research related to health disparities between Year 1 and Year 2. Such projects are expected to be presented at the research symposium and or USF Health Annual Research Day. This summer project or research is typically but not always the basis for the final capstone. Final capstone projects must be presented in a written report to the hdSC leaders as well as presented verbally to the entire concentration in year IV. MSIII and MSIV are expected to participate in Journal Clubs as schedules permit, providing peer mentoring to their junior colleagues.

Faculty Leadership

Laurie Woodard, MD

Anna Maynard Wenders, MPH, CHES

Daniel Haight, MD

Shirley Smith, MA