The Center for International Community Health Studies (CICHS) was established in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at the UConn School of Medicine in 1980 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The objective of CICHS was to develop a nationally recognized academic center for the study of international community health issues and to become a major educational resource for the preparation of U.S. health care professionals wishing to pursue careers in the field of global health.
Over the last two decades, CICHS’s work has been concentrated in three key areas:
- training of health professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, public health officials, family planners) from low and middle income countries (LMIC);
- educating medical, dental, public health, and social science students in global health through courses, practicum, clerkships and research experiences in LMICs; and
- research on global health, with special focus in the last two decades on sexual risk, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health in countries that included Mauritius, Sri Lanka, and India.