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Departmental Programs

The Department of Community Medicine and Health Care is organized into divisions and programs. Click on available links below to learn more about teaching, research, and service activities.

Behavioral Medicine

Photo of Dr. Howard Tennen teachingBehavioral Medicine refers to the study of psychological and behavioral processes involved in the prevention, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of illness and health promotion through the integration of biomedical and psychological sciences. Dr. Howard Tennen, who leads the program, has a long tradition of research concerning coping with chronic illness and studies of daily life among individuals with chronic pain and other health conditions.

Center for International Community Health Studies

For over 30 years, the Center for International Community Health Studies directed by Dr. Stephen Schensul has been providing training experiences to health professionals from developing countries, educating medical, dental, and public health students at UConn Health in international health, and conducting research on international health particularly in the areas of sexual risk, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health. Learn More >

Community Based Education Program

Using a community-oriented primary care approach that incorporates community needs assessment, population-based planning and intervention, community participation and evaluation, the Community Based Education Program provides medical students with experiential service learning experiences outside the classroom. Currently, medical students work with more than 300 community programs located in 61 Connecticut towns. The program is directed by assistant professor Stacey Brown. Learn More >

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Photo of Dr. David Gregorio teachingThe Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division conducts research, provides education, and furnishes methodological and statistical support to UConn Health to improve clinical and translational research. Epidemiology advances the knowledge of disease causation and natural history using rigorous and systematic study design and methods, illuminating the impact of biomedical, environmental, behavioral, and social forces on the health of populations. Biostatistics ensures excellence in the application of statistical principles to public health research and in the training of health professionals. Key faculty include Dr. Richard Stevens, Dr. Helen Swede, Dr. David Gregorio (cancer epidemiology) and Dr. Jamie Grady (biostatistics). Learn More >

Graduate Programs in Public Health

The Graduate Program in Public Health offers an integrated theory-practice curriculum leading the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree. The program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. With a convenient schedule of evening as well as daytime courses, over 110 students are enrolled in full- or part-time study. In 2010, doctoral training was added. Options for focused work in public health are many, although the Ph.D. offered at UConn is particularly strong in three areas of social and behavioral health sciences, environmental and occupational health, and chronic disease epidemiology. Learn More >

Health Services Research

The Health Services Research Unit is the largest division within the department in terms of extramural grants and contracts received and full-time personnel. It studies the organization, delivery, and financing of health care services. Projects include several international and domestic studies on screening and brief intervention for alcohol and smoking and numerous contracts with State agencies, particularly the Departments of Children and Families and Addiction and Mental Health Services, to evaluate substance abuse treatment and prevention services. The unit's activities are supported entirely by extramural research grants and contracts. Key faculty include department head Thomas Babor, Jane Ungemack and  Bonnie McRee. Learn More >

Health Services Initiatives:

Public Health Law & Bioethics

The medical humanities, which include the arts, literature, medical ethics, history of medicine, and health law are an important component of the educational and research programs at the School of Medicine. This division advances knowledge about legal and ethical issues and the humanities that are relevant to health care professionals, patients, and the community. Key faculty include Professor Audrey Chapman and Associate Professor Zita Lazzarini. Learn More >

Literature and Medicine Group

The objective of this program is to have health care providers read broadly in the humanities literature in order to develop insights into human nature than can be related to the practice of medicine. Learn More >