Teaching Social Determinants of Health Through Mini-Service Learning Experiences

Date of Review: March, 2019

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, provides materials to facilitate mini-service learning experiences focused on social determinants of health. Designed for first year medical students, curricular elements include pre-reading materials, lectures, small group discussion questions, experiential learning materials, and pre- and post-course surveys. The authors note the delivery format can be adapted for courses of variable lengths (week- or month-long delivery), though it was originally implemented over the course of a semester. To replicate this curriculum, local community partners will be needed to host students; however the authors provide considerations to identify and engage community preceptors.– Katy Wright, PhD NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:



Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Hershey, PA

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner Satisfaction or reaction

Qualitative analysis of student comments

Outcome and Study Design:

Post Only

Level of Learner Assessment:

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self-reflection, blogging with rubric)

Demonstration of skill with patients in the clinical or community setting (direct observation, 360 assessment, patient surveys)

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