Education and Training

Education and Training

The Department of Community Medicine and Health Care’s educational responsibilities are focused on medical and dental students, residents, the public health workforce, and other health care professionals.

Undergraduate Medical and Dental Education

The department plays an important role in the medical school’s undergraduate curriculum. Community medicine faculty members participate in several of the 10 courses composing the curriculum. Several of its members serve as section heads within courses or as members of course-coordinating committees.

Human Development and Health (HDH)
A course for second year medical and dental students, introducing them to the context in which they operate as health care providers and intertwines three perspectives for viewing health and medical care in contemporary society; population health, personal health and professional health care delivery. Associate Professor Zita Lazzarini is the course director for HDH.

Community Based Education
Community oriented primary care is the governing philosophy of this program and incorporates community needs assessment, population-based planning and intervention, community participation and evaluation. Community based education has developed educational experiences with a variety of community programs, including more than 300 community programs located in 61 Connecticut towns, that compliments the classroom learning in the School of Medicine. Stacey Brown, Ph.D., director of UConn’s Community Based Education Program is an assistant professor in this department. Learn More.

Student Continuity Practice (SCP)
A three-year primary care continuity experience which provides students with a longitudinal immersion and mentoring experience in a community-based generalist practice. SCP gives students the opportunity to develop a conceptual understanding of medicine while developing skills in history taking, physical examination and clinical reasoning. Karen Harrington, director of the Student Continuity Practice, is an assistant professor in this department. Learn More.

Core Resident Curriculum

In addition to providing undergraduate medical education, faculty from the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care also present topics in health law and ethics and the social sciences to medical residents.

Undergraduate Public Health Education

The Institute of Medicine recommended that all undergraduate students should have access to education in public health.The Chronicle of Higher Education lists public health as one of the five emerging areas of bachelors-level study. With grant support from the Association for Teaching Prevention and Research, the department’s Undergraduate Public Health Initiative was created in partnership with the UConn departments of Allied Health Sciences, Human Development and Family Studies, and Anthropology. Beginning in 2011, we implemented the first-ever undergraduate public health courses at the University:Introduction to Public Health, Introduction to Epidemiology and Introduction to Global Health. The Department of Community Medicine is dedicated to expanding undergraduate public health courses as an educational resource for undergraduate students at UConn.

Graduate Programs in Public Health

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
The M.P.H. degree’s purpose is “to prepare public health professionals … in order to benefit the well-being of Connecticut residents and others through organized, comprehensive, effective and just action.” The curriculum focuses on applied public health practice to prepare leaders for our state’s workforce. Dual degree options are available for students in the schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, Social Work, and Nursing. The M.P.H. program is directed by David Gregorio, Ph.D. The Master of Public Health program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Learn More.

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. offered at UConn is particularly strong in three areas including: social and behavioral health sciences, occupational and environmental health sciences, and chronic disease epidemiology. The Ph.D. in public health is designed to prepare future public health leaders with the academic skills needed to enhance health in human populations, focusing on the preparation of researchers, teachers, public health administrators, clinicians, and industry employees competent to carry out the broad public health mission within Connecticut. Learn More.

Certificate Programs