Foundations in Public Health: Epidemiology, Ethics and Health Care Systems

The Foundations in Public Health: Epidemiology, Ethics and Health Care Systems course is taught by multidisciplinary faculty from the School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Berman Institute for Bioethics. Faculty use a combination of lecture, readings, interactive panel presentations, reflective writing and small-group discussion in this course. Students elect two “selectives” to attend within the course to study topics in greater depth; selectives meet three weeks in a row.

Course Goals

The overall goals of the course are:

  • To develop basic knowledge and understanding of:
    • epidemiologic methods and their application to clinical medicine,
    • ethical principles that apply to clinical medicine and research, &
    • fundamental aspects of the American health care system;
  • To explore selected areas of interest at the interface between public health and clinical medicine; and
  • To stimulate interest in being an effective advocate for improving health and health care for the populations of patients that you will serve.

Course Directors

  • Eric B. Bass, M.D., M.P.H.

    • Director, Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center
    • Director of the Foundations of Public Health Course in the School of Medicine
    • Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Public Health and Community Service in the School of Medicine
    • Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Promotions, Department of Medicine
    • Professor of Medicine
  • Amit Kumar Pahwa, M.D.

    • Director, Internal Medicine Sub-internship, Johns Hopkins Hospital
    • Director Topics in Interdisciplinary Medicine High Value Healthcare
    • Associate Director, Pediatric Core Clerkship
    • Director, Health System Science Core Theme
    • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    • Associate Professor of Medicine


Stephen Martin Sozio, M.D.

  • Nathans Faculty Leader, Colleges Advisory Program
  • Associate Director, Nephrology Fellowship Program
  • Associate Director, TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program
  • Co-Director, Clinical Research Scholarly Concentration
  • Co-Director, Epidemiology Course
  • Chair, Institute for Excellence in Education Small Grants Mentoring Committee
  • Associate Professor of Medicine


Jacek L. Mostwin, M.D., D.Phil.

  • Director of the Division of Neurological and Reconstructive Urology
  • Professor of Urology


Natrell Miller Darden, B.S.
Medical Training Program Administrator
Email: [email protected]


Time Commitment and Course Length

Course meets 11 weeks from October to December. For the first 10 weeks, meetings occur on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. In the last week, Epidemiology meets for five days in a row.

Typical weekly schedule for Foundations in Public Health: Epidemiology, Ethics and Health Care Systems

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
2 PM Clinical Foundations: Orientation Foundations in Public Health: Epidemiology, Ethics and Health Care Systems Clinical Foundations: Communication 1 Clinical Foundations: Communication 2
3 PM
Clinical Foundations:
Team Building
4 PM
5 PM        
College Advising:
Induction Ceremony
6 PM
7 PM