The Department of Public Health and Community Medicine is distinguished by a strong faculty with a broad multidisciplinary approach to public health and clinical issues. It is devoted to the promotion of public health through education, research, population-based and patient-centered advocacy, shaping health policy, and community service.
The department’s research themes include environmental and occupational health, health inequality and social determinants of health, health communication, obesity and chronic disease, nutrition and infection, health policy and health care delivery, and global health. Much of the research is translational, from bench to beside and more often bench to community and to policy. The research groups have extensive collaborations globally. There are also collaborations with community-based organizations, state and local health departments and with industry