• School of Community Health Feasibility Study

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  • Project Overview Project Purpose

    The Centers for Disease Control have provided funding to explore the feasibility of expanding the scope of the Morehouse School of Medicine and transforming it to the Morehouse School of Medicine and Community Health, with separate colleges of medicine and community health.

    Project Background

    Morehouse School of Medicine's mission speaks directly to our commitment to the primary healthcare needs of the underserved. As we examine the continuing health disparities facing our nation and world, MSM asks the question, is there a better way to address this health care crisis? As an institution, is our current structure the best for achieving the goals of training health care professionals and providing quality care to the populations that we have pledged to serve?

    Project Process

    This analysis will be conducted in conjunction with the Masters of Public Health Program's ongoing Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) self study and accreditation process. The process will include members of our MSM family (faculty, staff and students), community partners and a national advisory committee. Dr. David Satcher will provide leadership as the principal investigator, and a project team will coordinate activities throughout the two-year project period. (January 2006 - December 2007).

    Study Format and Methodology

    We recognize the importance of this work and the need for all parts of our MSM family to be involved and invested in its outcome. We enter this feasibility process with an open and objective mind, not assured of its outcome. Committee work and investment will be the main process through which we will conduct this feasibility study. Combined feasibility study and MPH accreditation working committees will be established to guide the study through its analysis, reflection and recommendations work. These committees will be composed of basic science and clinical faculty members from throughout the medical school, administration, staff, students, content experts and community representatives. Project staff will provide administrative and coordination support throughout the feasibility study.

    Topic Committees

    • Organizational Structure & Governance
    • Resources & Sustainability
    • Educational Program & Curriculum
    • Research Service
    • Faculty Students

    A project steering committee will provide project oversight and hold responsibility for project execution. A national advisory committee is being assembled to provide advice and counsel on project activities.

    The MSM community will be provided regular project updates and all are invited to share their thoughts, suggestions and critiques with project staff throughout the entire feasibility study process. For questions, additional information, or to share comments regarding this feasibility study, please contact Virginia Floyd at