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Longitudinal Social and Health Systems 5 Course | 3 credit hours

Social and Health Systems 5 is designed to develop an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and systems of health care, which is often referred to as Health Systems Science. Health Systems Science is increasingly recognized as an independent science that complements Basic Science and Clinical Science. It focuses on aspects of the team approach to patient care and systems for patient care (e.g. type of medical coverage, health care resources, home resources, and cultural needs). An operational understanding of these concepts will ultimately guide your practice and highlight systemic improvements that can be made to enhance the safety, efficiency, access, cost, and overall patient and provider experience.

Course Contacts

Course Director: Yee Lam, MD/PhD (
Course Coordinator: Courtney Garcia (

Longitudinal Science of Medicine Enabling Competencies and Learning Objectives

Life Long Learning Enabling Competencies

LL1. Demonstrate skills in retrieving, critically assessing, and integrating social and biomedical information into clinical decision-making.
LL2. Reflect upon clinical, service and educational experiences, evaluate positive and negative aspects, and make changes to improve future experiences.
LL3.Demonstrate personal accountability by actively seeking feedback, admitting errors openly, and honestly modifying behavior.

Social And Health Systems Enabling Competencies

SHS1. Describe various approaches to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care in the United States and other countries and the role of physicians in developing and implementing health policy.
SHS3. Identify common ways that physicians can advocate for patients and communities.
SHS4. Identify factors that place populations at risk for disease or injury and select appropriate strategies for risk reduction.
SHS5. Participate in identifying system errors and implementing potential systems solutions.
SHS6. Apply principles of translational research, patient safety, or quality improvement to enhance patient care.
SHS7. Demonstrate collaborative teamwork skills and the ability to work effectively with other members of the health care team.
SHS8. Identify and develop the leadership skills required in an era of teamwork.
SHS9. Identify necessary elements for coordinated care of patients with complex and chronic diseases.
SHS10.  Demonstrate an ability to integrate group level clinical data (registries) into the care of patient and populations.

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