Posted: April 2, 2020

The Urban and Community Health Pathway: Preparing Socially Responsive Physicians Through Community-Engaged Learning


This article describes the Urban and Community Health Pathway (UCHP) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The UCHP is one of five longitudinal pathways for medical students, who are required to select a pathway for their first 3 years of medical school. The UCHP links training with community needs and assets to help prepare students to provide care in urban, underserved settings, promote community health and reduce health disparities. This article is part of the October, 2011 Supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, "Patients and Populations: Public Health in Medical Education." The supplement is based on the September 2010 conference of the same name that drew more than 190 medical and public health educators and public health practitioners from the U.S. and Canada. Publication of the Supplement was supported by the cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).


John Meurer, MD, MBA, Medical College of Wisconsin
Staci Young, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Ileen Gilbert, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Sabina Diehr, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Urban and Community Health Pathway Planning Council - Medical College of Wisconsin
Sheri Johnson, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Linda N. Meurer, MD, MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin

Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME)


Systems Based Practice

Resource Type(s)

Distance Learning - Asynchronous

Instructional Method(s)



Public Health, Population Health, Health Equity Research, Preventive Medicine, Health Disparities, Journal Supplement, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Community health, Urban health