IU School of Medicine



This course is designed for senior medical students in the Rural Medical Education Program at IUSM-Terre Haute Center. Enrolled medical students will learn to develop and implement a Rural Community Health research project, to deepen their understanding of patients, and their access to available health resources in rural communities. In previous years students have conducted projects such as testing changes in knowledge about Coronary Artery Disease and its associated risk factors after creating a short informational video (example attached).

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops:

Heather LeBrun (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu)

Director: Robin Danek, M.P.H.

Campus: Terre Haute

Location: IUSM - Terre Haute

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Select an appropriate study design (MK5)

  • 2. Identify and evaluate available health education resources. (PBLI1)
  • 3. Write a literature review. (PBLI1)
  • 4. Design a survey. (MK5)
  • 5. Design an intervention tool (i.e. pamphlet or video, etc.) (PBLI1)
  • 6. Complete the CITI human subjects training. (PBLI1)
  • 7. Complete IRB documentation (using the Application for Non-Research Student Projects form) (ISC5)
  • 8. Recruit and train clinical staff. (ISC1)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; (Students will be assessed by direct faculty observation (hands-on direction) and written assessment on the following: Literature review, Intervention tool, Survey)

Enrollment Information


4th year status, Open to IUSM - Terre Haute MSIV Rural Track students only

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Library/Research, 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Heather LeBrun (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Must check with Clinical Coordinator, Heather LeBrun , for availability at (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu), 812-237-8763.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None