Posted: April 2, 2020

Public Health Area of Concentration: A Model for Integration into Medical School Curricula


This article describes the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Public Health Area of Concentration (AOC). The Public Health AOC is an optional, integrated curriculum designed through a partnership of the Universitiy of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Graduate School of Public Health, and the Allegheny County Health Department. 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).


Samuel Stebbins, MD, MPH, Arlington County Public Health Department
Jason L. Sanders, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
John F. Mahoney, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Charles J. Vukotich, MS, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME)


Systems Based Practice

Resource Type(s)

Distance Learning - Asynchronous

Instructional Method(s)



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