Tufts OpenCourseware
Author: Richard Glickman-Simon, M.D.

Session 1: Population Medicine – Essentials

1. Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Define population medicine and distinguish it from curative medicine

  • Explain how physicians routinely practice population medicine in the care of their individual patients

  • Describe how clinical and population-based interventions differ in their ability to affect health determinants

  • Describe the theory, practice, and costs of clinical prevention

  • Distinguish between clinical and population-based preventive interventions in terms of their relative risks and benefits

  • Characterize the elderly as a defined population and explain how a population approach to geriatric medicine differs from a strictly clinical approach

2. Readings

3. Additional Resource

  • Demographics. Merck Manual of Geriatrics