Message from the Chair

Bess Marcus

Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, where our mission is to improve Public Health through preventive, behavioral, epidemiologic and clinical research, education and clinical care. With over $100 million in research grants, our award-winning faculty conduct innovative Public Health research at the intersection of behavioral and medical sciences to:

  • assess and understand chronic disease etiology
  • improve human health; and
  • prevent disease at the individual and population level.

Our Centers of Excellence include programs in:

      • Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention
      • Energy Balance, Obesity and Cancer Prevention
      • Health Behavior Change in Underserved and Vulnerable Populations
      • Research and Intervention in Tobacco Control
      • Women’s Health

Deeply committed to education, the Department hosts four residencies in Family Medicine (2), Family Medicine-Psychiatry, and Preventive Medicine; a PhD in Public Health with tracks in Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Behaviors; and an MAS in Healthcare Leadership. In September 2013, we launched a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH), the first ever undergraduate degree offered by the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. Our Family Medicine clinical programs include four faculty practices throughout San Diego County as well as multiple initiatives with the medically underserved of our community.

I invite you to browse our website and acquaint yourself with our many programs.

Bess H. Marcus, PhD, Professor and Chair