Community Health Clerkship

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Program Description
The new Tulane Community Health Clerkship is a four-week, non-clinical rotation which aims to educate students about the social determinants of health.  These are the non-medical aspects of patients’ lives - such as education, housing, employment, language, environment, nutrition, safety – that have a impact on the health of an individual.  While other clerkships focus primarily on disease processes, medications and treatments, which impact the health of individuals largely irrespective of the individual, the focus on social determinants will highlight the distinction between health and healthcare.

Education/Workforce Development
Students will participate in didactic sessions consisting of core readings, group discussions, talks and reflective writing assignments.  In the final week of the rotation students will have a chance to apply what they have learned in a clinical setting through observation of patient-doctor encounters. 

Capacity Building/Community Engagement
Students will spend the majority of their time working with a community partner organization which will give them opportunities to make connections between health and its social determinants.  


For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Ashley Wennerstrom, Clerkship Director, at 504-988-4007 or


1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-7518