Population Health Management Clerkship

The Population Health Management Clerkship is a partnership between LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana. The rotation introduces LSU Health Sciences Center medical students and residents to Medicaid managed care and the concept of population health management. It also is a pathway for participants to learn about and be engaged in developing population health strategies to reduce cost, improve quality, and eliminate inequities. Upon completion of the rotation, participants will have a broad understanding of managed care operations, population health improvement concepts, managerial epidemiology, the social determinants of health, and will be better suited to practice in collaboration with others to improve healthcare outcomes.  A sample of projects completed by students during the clerkship are below.

Participation in the Rotation Program is open to LSUHSC-NO 4th year medical students and Residents. Program participants will work remotely for 4 weeks with AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, a Health Louisiana Medicaid managed care organization. The organization employs an integrated behavioral and physical health model of care to address components of population health that impacts health outcomes of its members.  Rotation participants will experience a broad overview of clinical operations and have the opportunity for in-depth engagement into their area of interest. Available areas include:

  • Integrated Health Care Management
  • Quality / HEDIS
  • Utilization Management
  • Behavioral Health
  • Medical Economics
  • Value-Based Contracting
  • Health Equity

“My summer rotation at AmeriHealth Caritas was an excellent experience that taught me about the issues facing health care for Louisiana’s most vulnerable populations. Working at a Managed Care Organization gives a unique perspective on the intersection of health insurance, public health, and individual patient outcomes.”

Daniel McBride, Rotation Intern

Through their focused work in an area of interest, Clerkship participants learn first-hand about the membership population, the social and environmental factors that impact their health, and may design and work directly in community-based outreach improvement efforts.  During the rotation, participants may also spend time at the Medicaid agency of the Louisiana Department of Health.

4th year medical students can apply to participate in this clerkship.  A requirement for 4th year medical students is to enroll in the Elective course – MED-420-Population Health Management.

Clerkship Projects


SY 23-24
Elizabeth Upp Diabetic Patient Compliance
Eva Mace HIV Viral load
Kayla Woods Well Child Visits
David Nguyen Adolescent Immunizations
Tierra Moultrie Low-Risk Cesarean Delivery
Nabil Essajee HIV Viral Load
Ellen Ingram Follow-up after Hospitalization for Mental Illness
Sanjana Easwar ACLA Behavioral Health measures: a Post-Pandemic World
Sarah Forsythe Controlling Hypertension
Theresa Cao Improving Diabetes Measure Rates
Taylor Lambert Cervical Cancer Screenings
SY 22-23
Anna King Pediatric MSSA and MRSA Skin and Soft Tissue Infections
Xena Zheng Accessible Nutrition Improve Health Outcomes
Sarajane Gross Childhood Immunizations: CIS Combo 3
Catherine Fontenot Mental Health Provider Follow up
Karla Martin Cervical Cancer Screening Rates
Ada Tusa Melanoma Disparities
Adrienne Murphy Breast Cancer Screenings and Disparities
Lauren Jackson Specialty Providers and Sickle Cell Disease Disparities
SY 19-20
Jennifer Stanfill Adult Dental Program Return on Investment
SY 16-17
Daniel McBride Sickle Cell Disease and Hydroxyurea
Students interested in the rotation should contact the Population Health Management Clerkship Program Director
Peggy Honoré, DHA
LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health and School of Medicine
504-568-5912 (Office) / 770-241-8570 (Cell)
Application: http://sph.lsuhsc.edu/people/faculty/faculty-list/honore-peggy/

Apply for the Population Health Management Clerkship here