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Systems-Based Practice

Students demonstrate an awareness of, and responsiveness to, the larger context and system of health care, utilizing other resources in the system to provide care for patients. Students acknowledge the relationship between the patient, the community and the health care system and the impact on health of culture, economics, the environment, health literacy, health policy and advocacy to determine their role within these social and system dynamics.

Graduates will acquire the following competencies related to systems-based practice.

Systems-Based Practice 1

Demonstrate effective team work through collaboration with diverse patients, their supporters, and with the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

Systems-Based Practice 2

Evaluate the impact of social determinants of health such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, culture, socioeconomic status, environment, religion, spirituality, and health literacy on patient-physician interactions, health care decision-making, and health outcomes; incorporate these factors into patient care plans.

Systems-Based Practice 3

Explain fundamental features of population and public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, financial, policy and regulatory issues, and the potential impact of policy changes on patients, providers, systems, and populations.

Systems-Based Practice 4

Identify key features of patient safety; advocate for process improvements commensurate with one’s role, abilities, and qualifications.

Systems-Based Practice 5

Promote the delivery of high quality health care while justifying the use of finite resources and any added costs of proposed plans to the patient, population, and/or health system.