Scholarly Concentrations Program (SCP)

Public Health (phSC)


The goals of this interdisciplinary concentration is to enhance the understanding of Public Health, encourage multidisciplinary approaches to health, and inspire future physicians to employ evidence based medical and public health approaches to improve outcomes for patient and populations. phSC team assists the student in understanding and practice of public health principles in domestic and international environments. Issues include evolution of public health; functions of public health and application to the healthcare system in the US and abroad; and need for linkages between medical and public health professionals and institutions. There will be opportunities to participate in domestic or international public health seminars and field experiences.


The phSC has strong research and practice focus. Each monthly meeting will be divided broadly into two sessions. The first session will be didactic/presentation related to Public Health topics from faculty (phSC leaders or guest faculty). During second session the Faculty Leaders will work with students on their projects employing an interactive discussion format. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a summer scholarly project related to public health topic of their choice, to participate in advocacy related to an underserved population, to present projects at scholarly meetings and/or submit for publication. The phSC leaders will work with each student to assist him/her in designing, conducting and publishing their research.

Faculty Leadership

Ricardo Izurieta, MD, MPH, Dr.PH

Rahul Mhaskar, MD, MPH, PhD

Miguel Reina Ortiz, MD, MSc, MPH, PhD