The Department of Community Medicine and Health Care is a basic science department within the UConn 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 M.P.H. 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 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.