Eight students this month launched the inaugural class of a medical school program targeting Latino health issues.
The students are enrolled at the University of California Irvine College of Medicine's new Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community. The program's creators say it is "designed to meet the increasing demand for physicians and public health leaders who can address the distinct needs of Latinos."
Graduates will concurrently earn a medical degree and a master's degree from the School of Social Ecology with an emphasis on healthcare disparities, public health or healthcare policy involving the Hispanic community.
"As Latinos become the largest population group in California and the largest minority group in the nation, meeting their medical needs takes on even greater importance in terms of overall public health," program director Alberto Manetta, M.D., said in a news release. Manetta is senior associate dean of educational affairs at the medical school.