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With health care reform on the minds of many Americans, the search for timely and cost-effective methods of improving our health care system is gaining new momentum. While it is possible to implement change at many levels, we argue that reform of medical school education is critically important. We maintain that an understanding of the health care system and a foundation in principles of population health are important for all physicians. A systematic literature search reveals that the current state of public health education for medical students is both unorganized and non-standardized across the four years of medical school. Here, we outline a program plan and evaluation of a course designed to expose medical students to population health education in their final year of medical school. With success of the pilot, we hope to incorporate such a program into our medical school‟s curriculum and influence development of such courses in other medical schools throughout the state and the country.