Population Health in Medical Education | NYU Langone Health

Skip to Main Content
Department of Population Health Education Population Health in Medical Education

Population Health in Medical Education

Medical students at NYU School of Medicine graduate into a world in which they are increasingly accountable for outcomes in the populations they serve. During your MD training, you learn how to incorporate population health into research and into your practice as a physician. You are empowered to succeed in the rapidly evolving field of healthcare and make meaningful contributions in prevention, value-based care, healthcare value, delivery system science, healthcare policy, and community health.

Population Health in the MD Curriculum

During your first year of medical school, you attend lectures and workshops on the social determinants of health, healthcare systems, and health policy. This includes “Health Care by the Numbers,” an initiative that offers you the opportunity to study and make recommendations based on data from all New York state hospitalizations.

You may apply for a population health research fellowship, which takes place in the summer after your first year of medical school.

In your third year, you can choose to take one-month selective courses in population health or related subjects, including health disparities, healthcare system innovation and policy, epidemiology, and palliative care and clinical ethics.

During clinical training, you can delve more deeply into population health through a 12-week scholarly concentration, choosing from bioethics, medical humanities, global health, health disparities, and health systems innovation and policy.

Population Health in Postgraduate Training

NYU School of Medicine offers a range of postgraduate training in population health, including residencies and postdoctoral programs. Population health is incorporated into two of our residency programs: the Categorical Residency and the Primary Care Residency. As a resident in these programs, you serve diverse patient populations across NYU Langone locations, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System.

We also offer fellowships and other postgraduate training for physicians who are interested in careers in population health research.