Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as a two-year Medical Education Program at Morehouse College with clinical training affiliations with several established medical schools for awarding the M.D. degree. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution and the first medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care.
MSM has seven residency programs: Family Medicine (1981), Preventive Medicine (1986), Internal Medicine (1991), Psychiatry (1991), Surgery (1993), Obstetrics and Gynecology (1997), and Pediatrics (2000). The majority of MSM patient care and clinical training occurs at Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in the Southeast. The school research stature and reputation have grown exponentially over the past decade.
In 2008, MSM ranked number three among the nation community-based medical schools in research funding from the National Institutes of Health and among Georgia four medical schools, MSM ranks number two. Moreover, MSM ranks in the top five of U.S. medical schools with three or more Institute of Medicine (IOM) members, based on the ratio of the IOM members faculty size.
Since 1981, MSM has graduated more than 1,200 students and more than 67% have chosen to honor the school's mission of serving communities.
Welcome to the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine (CHPM)! CHPM adopts an approach to diagnosing health problems at the community level and working with the community to develop a treatment plan. We incorporate this approach into our educational programs so that the physicians and public health professionals we graduate will be able to address the needs of the underserved communities where they will practice.
This ties in with the mission of Morehouse School of Medicine: increasing the diversity of the health professional workforce by training students for careers in medically underserved communities. The department prepares future primary care physicians and public health professionals with the skills to scientifically analyze the health and health-care delivery problems of minority and underserved communities and to understand the social, cultural, environmental, and economic determinants of health and disease. As a bridge between local neighborhoods and the medical school, the department engages in research and service to improve the health of communities. The goals of CHPM are:
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