MD Program

Contact Community Health Outreach

1216 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 335-3092
> Fax: (319) 335-8643

  • First Year (CHO 1) Overview 

    Orientation: CHO students will do a half day of service as a group during CCOM orientation, followed by an introduction to the Iowa City community, focusing on local service organizations and community needs. 


    • 1st semester:  Classroom sessions will focus on social determinants of health (i.e. health policy, health literacy, housing, etc.) for specific populations, via readings and speakers on each topic.  Speakers will include health care professionals, community organization representatives, and members of targeted populations.  Students will be given ample time for class discussion and reflection on these issues. 
    • 2nd semester:  In addition to sessions arranged by Course Directors, students will work in groups or individually to plan and present class sessions on topics based on their own interests, relevant to CHO goals.  Students will also begin exploration of service project to be planned and implemented in CHO2.

    Small group community activities:  Students will volunteer at community sites for at least 9 hours each semester. The class will perform a group service activity one Saturday in the fall. Course Directors will assist students in obtaining volunteer placements.

    Schedule: CHO will meet for an hour once a week, during CCOM noon break; sessions will not conflict with other classes. Students should plan to commit another hour per week to readings and/or planning of self-directed learning modules.

    Attendance/grading policy: The course is graded Pass/Fail based on class attendance (required) and meeting service obligation. Any non-emergency absences must be approved in advance by the course Directors or Supervisor.