Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC)

“COPC is designed for clinicians to apply public health in clinical settings. COPC can be applied with any community, domestic or international, for any clinical issue. PAs who graduate from our program are equipped to assess, design, implement, and evaluate community health interventions with current technologies. Our students have learned how to analyze electronic health records at a population level and design mobile phone apps. With the changing health care environment, there is an expectation for clinical practices to address population health. COPC seeks to address and offer solutions to improve the lives of our patients and communities.”

Freya Spielberg, MD, MPH
Director COPC
Associate Professor

COPC...

  • is designed for clinicians.
  • is assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs.
  • implements public health in clinical settings.
  • is in any community, across various health issues.

For more information please see the Milken Institute School of Public Health - COPC homepage.

Curriculum

Year 1, Semester 1    
Course Number Title Credits
PubH 6002 Biostatistical Applications for Public Health 3
PubH 6003 Principles and Practice of Epidemiology 3
PubH 6004 Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World 2
PubH 6006 Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health 3
PubH 6007 Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health 2
PubH 6591 Leadership Seminar for PA/MPH Students-Elective 1
ANAT 6215 Anatomy for Health Sciences Students 3
  Total Semester Credits 17
Year 1, Semester 2    
Course Number Title Credits
PubH 6500 Planning & Administration of Health Promotion Disease Prevention Programs 3
PubH 6504 Social & Behavioral Science Research Methods 3
PubH 6510 COPC Principles and Practice 3
PubH 6516 Community Health Information Resources 2
PubH 6014 Practicum 2
PA 6122 Role of PA in American Health Care 2
  Total Semester Credits 15
Year 1, Semester 3    
Course Number Title Credits
PubH 6501 Evaluation of Health Promotion Disease Prevention Programs 3
PubH 6512 COPC Primary Care Policy & Issues 2
PubH 6513 Community Health Management 2
PubH 6014 Culminating Experience 2
PA 6119 Health, Justice, Society II 1
  Total Semester Credits 10
Year 2, Semester 1
(PA Only Courses)
   
Course Number Title Credits
PA 6101 Clinical Assessment I 4
PA 6104 Integration into Clinical Concepts I 2
PA 6109 Foundations of Medicine 5
PA 6111 Evidence-Based Practice for PA/MPH  Students 1
PHYL 6211 Physiology for Health Sciences Students 3
  Total Semester Credits 15
Year 2, Semester 2
(PA Only Courses)
   
Course Number Title Credits
PA 6102 Clinical Assessment II 1
PA 6105 Integration into Clinical Concepts II 2
PA 6112 Clinical Medicine I 7
PA 6116 Clinical Skills I 2
PA 6120 Human Behavior 2
PHAR 6207 Basic Principles of Pharmacology 2
    Total Semester Credits 16
Year 2, Semester 3
(PA Only Courses)
   
Course Number Title Credits
PA 6103 Clinical Assessment III 1
PA 6106 Integration into Clinical Concepts III 2
PA 6113 Clinical Medicine II 7
PA 6117 Clinical Skills II 1
PA 6121 Clinical Specialties 6
PHAR 6208 Pharm in Dis. Pathophysiology 2
  Total Semester Credits 19
Year 3, Semester 1-3
(PA Rotations)
   
Course Number Title Credits
PA 6259 Introduction to Clinical Education 2
PA 6261 Inpatient Medicine Clinical Practicum 5
PA 6262 Primary Care Care Clinical Practicum 5
PA 6263 Surgical Inpatient Clinical Practicum 5
PA 6264 Women's Health Clinical Practicum 5
PA 6265 Pediatrics Clinical Practicum 5
PA 6266 Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum 5
PA 6267 Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum 5
PA 6268 Elective Clinical Practicum 5
PA 6300 Introduction to Professional Practice 2
  Clinical Year Total Credits 44