Through the Community Health Emphasis Program, medical students gain specialized knowledge and experience in Community Health Initiatives and Health Outreach. As part of their educational curriculum and working through the Center for Health Services, their service learning and scholarly work make a significant contribution to community health.
Students may work alone or in pairs with faculty and community mentors. As first year medical students, they select a project suggested by a community sponsoring agency or clinic. Working over a period of 18 months beginning in the second semester of their first year, they develop a usable and substantial product for the community sponsor.
The Community Health Emphasis Program is a part of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services.