The Kansas University Medical Center has received a two-year grant for $136,753 from the Wesley Foundation to bolster programs in health promotion and disease prevention.
The department of preventive medicine is changing its emphasis from diagnosis and treatment to health promotion and disease prevention with the help of the grant. Initial changes will target the KU School of Medicine at both its Kansas City, Kan., and Wichita sites.
Four strategies have been identified for accomplishing the change. They are:
Development of a single department of preventive medicine with locations in Kansas City and Wichita. Currently, only the Kansas City campus offers a department of preventive medicine.
Development of a master of public health degree for the combined Kansas City and Wichita department of preventive medicine.
Increased research initiatives in health promotion and disease prevention.
Expansion of the medical school curriculum to include more health promotion and disease prevention in classroom and clinical experiences.