Behavioral and Social Sciences in Medical School Curricula

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Health Care Workforce, Public Health
Board: Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health

Activity Description

The scientific evidence for the impact of behavior and social science on health is substantial. To apply this knowledge, future physicians must receive appropriate training during their medical education. Changes in medical school curricula to incorporate this field requires careful thought, planning, and development of clear objectives to best achieve the goals and overcome the obstacles.

A committee reviewed the approaches used by medical schools that have incorporated behavioral and social sciences into their curricula, developed a list of prioritized topics from the behavioral and social sciences for possible inclusion in medical school curriculum and provided options for how changes in curriculum can be achieved.

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