This course provides the student a basic understanding of the historical roots, evolution, and future of Community and Public Health. An opportunity to recognize the structure and function of the local, national and international organizations that help shape community health and health care systems, the course provides students with an appreciation of the principles and methods of descriptive and analytic epidemiology, including: commonly used measures of disease frequency; sources of data; crude, specific and adjusted rates; cohort analysis of mortality; standardization; cause-effect relationships; the roles of chance, bias and confounding. Students will be exposed to the community early in their career as educators, presenting different health issues through group and individual projects in collaboration with the Community Medicine Program. Student research proposal started during the Introduction to Research 117 is further expanded.

These courses provide students with the foundation, knowledge and skills in health care, ethics and professional behavior. These courses are the first part of a four–year axis in Professionalism, includes medical ethics, effective communication skills, public health and cultural diversity. The course begins with the “White Coat Ceremony” in which students for the first time wear the white coat. This ceremony makes students aware of what the white coat represents, reminding them as future physicians of their professional obligation as clinician and representatives of a trusted profession.

The Immunology 156 course includes the basic aspects of cellular and molecular immunology that allow understanding the normal immune responses and the consequences of alterations in these responses.The normal structure and function of the immune system, the methods used in diagnosis and research related to this system, are significant components of this course.

The course is also devoted to applications of immunology concepts in medicine, it includes the study of the immune system’s intervention in the physiopathology of other organs and systems. All of these elements are of most significance in a diversity of applied biomedical/technological interventions, such as: vaccines, organ transplants, cancer immunotherapy, immunological therapies for various pathologies and immuno-diagnosis.Also, a special attention in the course is given to the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), because of its significant implications in today’s medical practice and its relevance in our particular community

Modern teaching methodology and learning strategies are used, with active student participation. Teaching strategies include lectures, clinical case presentations and interactive discussion.This course is aligned with the other first year courses