Urban Health Curriculum

Our core urban health (UH) curriculum features essential experiences that help our residents address the health disparities affecting our community. These community partnerships provide additional context to understanding the challenges patients face in an urban environment and empower residents with the knowledge, skills, and tools to make meaningful change toward health equity. The residents apply what they learn on their core UH rotations to their clinical practice, advocacy efforts, and scholarly work.


Addiction Medicine

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Perform universal screening for SUD (substance use disorder)
  • Incorporate evidence-based practices for early intervention
  • Gain exposure to various modalities of SUD treatment
  • Train with nationally recognized mentors in buprenorphine treatment and other medications for addiction treatment (MAT)
  • Complete x-waiver training and use hands-on experience to care for patients with SUD in your own clinic at East Baltimore Medical Center


  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Receive enhanced psychiatry training emphasizing diagnosis of major adult psychiatric illnesses, outpatient treatment of major depression, identification of patients with dual diagnoses, and assessment of patients at risk for violent or suicidal behavior
  • Engage in outpatient, emergency department, and consult service psychiatric experiences

Outpatient HIV/Hep C Care

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Care for adult patients infected with HIV and/or Hepatitis C in Johns Hopkins Bartlett Center and Chase Brexton, a federally qualified health center
  • Learn about the ambulatory approach to HIV and Hepatitis C including the inter-professional teamwork that is required to provide comprehensive care
  • Use this experience as part of certification as an HIV Specialist- https://aahivm.org/hiv-specialist

Urban Community Medicine

Health Department (HD)

  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Engage in clinical services, observe clinical programs, and contribute to policy development at the HD
  • Spend time at the Baltimore County HD
  • Electively participate in the Baltimore City HD sponsored sexually transmitted disease clinics, tuberculosis program, and maternal-child health interventions

Health Care for the Homeless

  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Provide care to homeless populations at an FQHC (federally qualified health center)
  • Participate in outreach at homeless shelters
  • HCH provides impressive wrap-around care for their patients including mental health care, addiction treatment, social work services, and housing-first options
  • Rotation is currently directed by one of our MP grads, Dr. Iris Leviner

Carceral Medicine

  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Recognize that many of our patients have personally faced incarceration or know someone who has
  • Appreciate how incarceration affects the health of our patients
  • Provide care in the Baltimore City Detention Center only blocks away from our continuity clinic


  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Learn the keys to providing comprehensive care for our geriatric population
  • Experience JHOME and provide clinical services to our homebound seniors
  • Engage in premier outpatient geriatric care through the Beacham Center for Geriatric Medicine and Hopkins ElderPlus

Refugee Medicine

  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Provide clinical care at BMS Highlandtown with a focus on the refugee community
  • Baltimore Medical Systems (BMS) is the largest FQHC in Maryland

Adolescent Medicine

  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Join pediatric colleagues in bridging care gap between children and adults
  • Focus on using motivational interviewing to curtail high-risk behaviors
  • Gain expertise in STI and contraception counseling in adolescent population

Urban Health Electives

We supplement our core UH curriculum with a variety of UH electives.