This theme covers health issues of the wider population, locating the practice of medicine in a wider social context.

By the time they graduate, students should have:

  • An understanding of the factors which influence the health of the population, and of the respective roles in the promotion of health, the prevention of illness and the treatment of disease.
  • An understanding of the legal, social, economic, historical and political context of medical practice where relevant to the provision of high quality medical care and to medical research.
  • The ability to identify and analyze health issues of concern to the community and to contribute constructively and rationally to the debate surrounding those issues.
  • A rational approach to resolving the tension between the medical practitioner’s responsibility for individual patients and his or her responsibility for the health care needs of the whole community.