The faculty of the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care are involved in research and scholarship in 5 broad public health areas: Epidemiology, International Public Health, Public Policy, Addictions/Addiction Interventions (including alcohol use on campus), and Health Psychology. Across these 5 public health areas departmental faculty and students investigate cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic pain, addictions and sexual health.
The Department’s research is funded by federal, state, local and private sources including the National Institutes of Health (NIDA, NIAAA, NIMH, NIEHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the State of Connecticut Departments of Children and Families (DCF), Public Health (DPH) and Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Arthritis Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Macy Foundation. The List of Recent Publications reveal the breadth and depth of intra-departmental collaborations and the Department’s work with universities nationally and internationally. During 2017 and 2018, the Department’s faculty have published 150 articles in peer reviewed journals, along with letters and editorials that have appeared in high impact journals such as Nature, Science, JAMA, Lancet and the American Journal of Public Health.
The Department manages the editorial offices of two peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs and Journal of Personality). It also provides considerable amounts of consultation to national and international health agencies through contractual work with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.
Did You Know?
The Department of Community Medicine has collaborative academic partnerships with the following State of Connecticut agencies:
Department of Public Health
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services