Posted: April 2, 2020

The Integration of Public Health and Prevention Into All Years of a Medical School Curriculum


This article describes the "Public health, prevention, population health, and policy" (P4) longitudinal theme that is integrated through all four years of the Universitiy of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Campus curriculum. It describes the process through which the P4 longitudinal theme was established and the content that is integrated across the four years of medical school. 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. It is one of six "short papers" in the supplement that highlighted relatively new endeavors that had not been explored in prior publications. Although evaluation data were not available, the activities and resources described in the short papers were thought to be of value to medical educators. 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).


Doug Campos-Outcalt, MD, MPA, University of Arizona College of Medicine

Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME)


Systems Based Practice

Resource Type(s)

Distance Learning - Asynchronous

Instructional Method(s)



Public Health, Population Health, Preventive Medicine, Journal Supplement, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medical education