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Community Medicine Seminar Series

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

Students will be exposed to relevant areas of community medicine with special emphasis on priority health issues and diseases of public health importance in the global context. The course is a 16 contact hour seminar series experience in which students are required to attend, participate in presented topics in live online sessions as well as develop a concept paper on a relevant Community Medicine topic.

This seminar series will contribute to the development of well-rounded (holistic) medical and veterinary professionals, who will demonstrate knowledge and competence in dealing with primary health care, desire for lifelong learning, evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary team work, and professional and ethical behavior in practice in order to improve and sustain the health of the human and populations. Students are expected to attend and participate in all seminar presentations. Each student must also select and prepare a concept paper based on an identified community medicine interest for submission during week 7 of the summer term.


Thursdays during the Spring Term from January 16th to April 7th, 2017


The goal of this course is to enable you to:

  • Apply biological principles to the development and implementation of disease prevention, control, or management programs.
  • Integrate and apply general biological, microbiological, and parasitological concepts into public health research and practice.
  • Identify and address the ethical and social issues implied by public health biology.
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine concepts to inform public health policies and regulations.
  • Apply the relationships between nutrition, physical activity, and public health.
  • Apply the core functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance in the analysis of public health problems and their solutions.
  • Embrace a definition of public health that captures the unique characteristics of the field (e.g. population focused, community oriented, prevention motivated and rooted in social justice) and how these contribute to professional practice.

Course Staff

Dr. Satesh Bidaisee DVM, MSPH, FRSPH

Satesh Bidaisee DVM, MSPH, FRSPH

Dr. Satesh Bidaisee is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Chairman for the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at St. George’s University, School of Medicine. He has previously held positions at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Bidaisee is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medical Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad and St. George’s University, School of Medicine, Graduate Studies Program.

As a research investigator, Dr. Bidaisee supports community based participatory research and service activities along his interests which include Zoonotic Disease Prevention and Control, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Food Safety and Food Security and the pursuit of the One Health concept. Research projects include Chagas Disease prevention and control programs in South America, Vector Borne Disease Control in the Southern Caribbean and Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Bidiasee is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and holds memberships to the International Society on Infectious Diseases, the Association of Accredited Public Health Programs and the American Public Health Association. Dr. Bidiasee also serves as a referee for the International Journal of Advanced Life Sciences and extensively writes on Zoonotic Diseases of Human Health Significance and the One Health, One Medicine Concept.


Students will be graded on a combination of attendance and participation (50%) through discussion blogs and end of seminar quizzes for each seminar presentation as well as their preparation and submission of a review paper (50%).

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