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Social Medicine

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The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to providing students with educators who are leaders in the field of social medicine.

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Our Mission

The Department of Social Medicine examines the dynamic interplay of people, culture and the environment, and its impact on health care delivery and health outcomes.

We are entering a new era of health care – an era driven by factors such as:

  • the current and emerging crises around population health and health inequities; and
  • the need for cost containment, better use of resources and better quality of care within the health care system.

In the U.S., changes in legislation and policy have shifted the balance toward integrated, continuous, patient-centered care delivered in the context of a medical home. IT-driven technologies are fundamental to this shift: health care systems are required by law to provide coordinated patient care in the context of digital platforms. New reimbursement models based on health care performance incentives emphasize health promotion and disease prevention. Population Health Management (PHM) has emerged as a new framework designed to respond to these legislative and policy changes. PHM focuses on both high-risk patients and the preventive and chronic care needs of every patient.

The Department of Social Medicine is uniquely placed to prepare Primary Care physicians for practice in this new health care environment. We respond to both real-world health problems, for example, increasing rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the challenge of health care reform.

Our Expertise:

  • Health law, policy and ethics
  • Population health and Population Health Management
  • Behavioral Medicine

We focus on the following in our research and teaching programs:

  • Improved service delivery to individuals and communities through seamless, team-based health care
  • Increased efficiency and patient satisfaction through participatory, collaborative models of health care
  • Improved population health, reduced health inequity, in the context of population health management
  • Healthcare transformation through IT: big data, predictive analytics, decision support regarding optimum treatment and quality outcomes.

Promotion and Tenure

Heritage College faculty and staff may access the promotion policy for Social Medicine through the college OneDrive group called HCOM-All Employees. Access them using you OHIO ID and following this folder path:

Promotion and Tenure Faculty Group I

Promotion and Tenure Faculty Group II

Presentation Topics

Presentations by the Social Medicine Faculty include the following topics:

  1. Medical Ethics and Clinical Trials (Wolf) 1 hour
  2. Rationing Health Care (Wolf) 4 hours
  3. Medical Ethics and Cochlear Implants (Wolf) 2 hours
  4. Religion, Blood, and Medicine: An Introduction to Medical Ethics (Wolf) 1 hour
  5. Ethics and Organ Transplantation (Wolf) 4 hours
  6. Human Milk and Human Health (Wolf) 2 hours
  7. Psychosocial Aspects of Infertility (Wolf) 1 hour
  8. Medical Ethics and Pregnancy (Wolf) 1 hour
  9. Preventing GI Disease: The Role of Public Health (Wolf) 1 hour
  10. Dax’s Case (Wolf) 1 hour
  11. Historical and Legal Aspects of Medical and Surgical Abortion (Wolf) 1 hour
  12. Applying Ethical Principles to End of Life Care (Wolf) 1 hour
  13. Medical Ethics Board Review (Wolf) 1 hour
  14. The Vulnerable Medical Student (Wolf) 3 hours
  15. Introduction to Social Medicine (Wolf) 1 hour
  16. Patient Education (McGrew) 1 hour
  17. Cultural Competency Lab (Ballard) 5 hours
  18. Appetite Suppressant Drugs Problem-Set (Mann) 4 hours
  19. Survey Research/Diabetic Retinopathy (Mann) 1 hour
  20. Evidence-Based Medicine Gastrointestinal Case Discussion (Mann) 2 hours
  21. Palliative Care Ethics Cases Joint Lecture/Discussion (Mann) 2 hours
  22. Diabetes Problem Set (Mann) 4 hours
  23. Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine (Mann) 3 hours
  24. Evidence-Based Medicine Critical Literature Appraisal Problem Set (Mann) 1 hour
  25. Epidemiology, Research, Biostatistics (Mann) 1 hour
  26. Evidence-Based Medicine, Otitis Media & OMT (Mann) 1 hour
  27. Heart Failure, Journal Article (Mann) 1 hour
  28. Biostatistics Problem Set (Mann) 2 hours
  29. Long Term Care (Ice) 2 hoursTheories of Aging (Ice) 1 hour
  30. Stress (Ice) 1 hour
  31. Clinical Prevention Population Health Problem Set (Ice) 2 hours
  32. CPC, 2 hours
  33. Epidemiological Statistics (Ice) 1 hour lecture, 1 hour problem set International Program Presentation (Ice) 1 hour
  34. Medical Measurement & CV Screening Problem Set (Ice) 1 hour
  35. lecture & prob setIntroduction to Biostatistics (Ice) 1 hour
  36. Menarche & Menopause (Ice) 1 hour
  37. Advance Directives – Lecture, Discussion Panel (Ice) 2 hours
  38. Race and Public Health (Ice) 1 hour
  39. Natural History of Disease (Ice) 1 hour
  40. Biostatistics Problem Set (Ice) 2 hours
  41. Epidemiology of STIs (Ice) 1 hour
  42. Epidemiology of Smoking-Related Diseases (Ice) 1 hr lecture, 1 hr problem set
  43. One Night in the ER (Ice) 1 hour
  44. Health Care for the Elderly and the Poor (Cooper) 1 hour
  45. Writing Health Policy Brief (Cooper) 10 hours
  46. Facts of Aging (Schriner) 1 hour
  47. Orientation/Intro to Curricula Welcome (Schriner) 0.5 hour
  48. Background Check Information Incoming Class (Schriner) 0.5 hour
  49. Criminal Background Check for First Year Students (Schriner) 10 hours
  50. Criminal Background Check for Third Year Students (Schriner) 10 hours
  51. Caregiver & Family Issues Panel (Schriner) 1 hour
  52. ntroduction to Case-Based Learning (Bianco) 4 hours
  53. Introduction to the Medical Student Assistance Program (Bianco) .5 hour
  54. Dax’s Case Discussion (Bianco) 4 hours
  55. LGBT Health Patient Lab (Bianco) 8 hours
  56. Introduction to Child Psychiatry: A Biopsychosocial Approach (Bianco) 1 hour
  57. Anxiety Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence (Bianco) 1 hour
  58. Mood Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence (Bianco) .5 hour
  59. Elimination Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence (Bianco), .5 hr
  60. Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Bianco) 1 hour
  61. Attention and Disruptive Disorders (Bianco) 1 hour
  62. Psychiatry Content and Case Review (Bianco) 2 hours
  63. Introduction to the Addiction Module (Bianco) 1 hour
  64. Pathways to Addiction I: Concepts and Definitions (Bianco) 1 hour
  65. Pathways to Addiction II: The Neurobiological Basis of Addiction (Bianco) 1 hour
  66. Drugs of Abuse 1: Stimulants (Bianco) 1 hour
  67. Drugs of Abuse 2: Alcohol, Benzodiazepines, and Barbiturates (Bianco) 1 hour
  68. Smoking Cessation Interventions in Primary Care Settings (Bianco) 4 hours
  69. Addiction Across the Lifespan (Bianco) 1 hour
  70. Coping with Dying Patients (Bianco) 1 hour
  71. Addiction Module Review (Bianco) 1 hour
  72. Psychiatry Block Synthesis & Integration (Bianco) 2 hours
  73. Addiction, Pain, & Palliative Care Synthesis & Integration (Bianco) 2 hours
  74. Journal Review: Critical Analysis of Literature, RSAF (Beverly) 3 hours