The core curriculum serves as an introduction to issues surrounding underserved populations. Students complete this core curriculum by completing eight (E14 and before) or ten (E15 and after) online learning modules and/or by attending Underserved Pathway (UP) in-person module sessions.

The module “Who Are the Underserved?” is required for all students. Students choose other modules that match their interests to complete a total of eight or ten modules (depending on the year you entered medical school). Each module is structured differently and each requires a reflection, knowledge assessment, or other activity upon completion.

Current module titles:

Behavior Change and Motivational Interviewing
Chronic Poverty and Low Income
Community Health
Ethics of Medical Volunteerism
Exploring Disability – Beyond the Medical Model
Health Literacy
Incarcerated Healthcare
Introduction to Homelessness
Introduction to Substance Abuse
Intimate Partner Violence
LGBTQ Health
Medicaid 101
Medicare 101
Oral Health
Patients with HIV/AIDS
Population Health Data (formerly Public Health Epidemiology)
Race, Ethnicity, and Health Care
Reflections: Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
Refugee and Immigrant Health
Rural Health Module – Part 1:  Living and Working in Rural Communities
Rural Health Module – Part 2:  Service Structure and Access to Care in Rural Communities
Team Module
Who are Underserved?


Underserved Pathway in-person module sessions are offered 2-3 times per year. Students who attend an in-person module session receive UP module credit for attendance and participation at this in-person event.


Access the Web-Based Curriculum (UWNetID Required)


UP students: Track your community service hours by using your Underserved Pathway Tracker to update your hours and experiences.

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