FCM661EM.01 (Reno)
Advanced Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Office of Medical Education

Please contact the Department of Family and Community Medicine to verify elective availability.


  • Learn to assess and understand the important health needs of the community in which they work.
  • Understand and be able to interact with community health resources that may be utilized in the care of patients and their families, including school health services and public health (including environmental health) services.
  • Understand basic concepts of epidemiology and their application to community medicine.
  • Understand and be able to implement disease prevention/health promotion, including appropriate strategies and behaviors such as immunizations and healthful lifestyle changes that will protect children, adults, and families from illness or injury.
  • Participate in various functions of the Washoe County Health Dept. including, but not limited to, the Epi meeting, TB clinic, Vector control, etc.

Description of Rotation

The objective of this course is to provide the student with exposure to and experience in public health and preventive medicine. The course is a 2 - 4 week experience observing and participating in the functioning of the Washoe County Health District and/or Nevada State Division of Health. The student will have the opportunity to participate in facility inspection, investigation of outbreaks of illness, etc. They will work with sanitarians, the communicable disease group, public health nurses doing follow-up, and the director in administrative activities. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to attend clinics for sexually transmitted diseases, other special clinics, and meetings of the State Board of Health.

Evaluation Method

The standard clerkship evaluation forms will be utilized by the instructor and student. In addition, the student is expected to study an area of interest in some depth and will meet with Dr. West to discuss.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

This elective can be used for MPH credit for MD/MPH dual degree students. Students enrolled in the MD/MPH program may request a six-week experience, which will culminate in the completion of a scholarly project.