The Department of Community Medicine and Health Care is a
Basic Science department within the
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.
- 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
an epidemiologist at the UCHC. He was one of four
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
- 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)
Bonnie McRee, Ph.D, MPH joined the University of
Connecticut School of Medicine faculty.
Stephen Schensul, Ph.D.
Achievement Award from the Society for Medical
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
(2010) Drug Policy and the Public Good, Oxford
University Press. (Awarded to the book's 12 authors)
- Recent books
by Faculty members
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