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The Department of Community Medicine and Health Care is a Basic Science department within the School of Medicine. It consists of 12 full-time faculty and over 20 support staff, with a research portfolio representing a total commitment of approximately $3.7 million in extramural funding in 2011. The department’s research covers cancer epidemiology, substance use disorders, health services evaluation, health law and ethics, health behavior, public health dentistry, HIV/AIDS, and global health. More than 75 adjunct faculty have clinical and MPH teaching appointments. The Department serves the School of Medicine as the academic home of faculty in the social, behavioral and public health sciences as well as health law and medical ethics.  The Department of Community Medicine is the home to the M.P.H. and Ph.D. graduate programs in Public Health.

The mission of the Department is to provide education, research, and service to the University, its Health Center, and the broader Connecticut community.  The Department offers educational opportunities for individuals pursuing careers in the patient-care professions, public health and the biomedical sciences, advancing knowledge through epidemiological, biostatistical, clinical, ethical, legal, behavioral and social research, developing and evaluating innovative health care services and prevention programs, and assisting health care and public health professionals improve their effectiveness through consultation and continuing educational programs.

News & Events
  • Addiction researcher Thomas Babor spent two weeks in Aug 2013 as a visiting professor at the University of Auckland's Centre for Addiction Research in New Zealand.  Story
  • The American Medical Association (June 20, 2012) adopted recommendations based on a report co-authored by a UCONN researcher asserting that certain types of nighttime lighting can adversely affect health and may be linked to breast cancer and other medical conditions.  The AMA's house of delegates voted to adopt policies based on the report  "Light Pollution: Adverse Health Effects of Nighttime Lighting," co-authored by Richard Stevens, an epidemiologist at the UCHC. He was one of four writers. With the AMA accepting the report, Stevens said, funding should become more readily available for further research. "There is no question that lighting suppresses circadian rhythms," he said, adding that the next step will be to determine how much it affects specific medical conditions.  Story  
  • Richard Stevens is also among those interviewed for “The City Dark,” a award-winning independent film documentary that explores the disappearing night sky which has been screened at festivals throughout the country for the last year and also premiers on the PBS series POV (Point of View) July 5.
  • Bonnie McRee, Ph.D, MPH joined the University of Connecticut School of Medicine faculty.
  • Stephen Schensul, Ph.D. was awarded The Career Achievement Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology which biannually honors an individual who has advanced the field of medical anthropology through career-long contributions to theory or method, and who has been successful in communicating the relevance of medical anthropology to broader publics.
  • First Prize in public health category, 2011 British Medical Association Medical Book competition for Babor et al. (2010) Drug Policy and the Public Good, Oxford University Press. (Awarded to the book's 12 authors)
  • Recent books by Faculty members PDF

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