The Division of Preventive Medicine serves as the primary organizational home within the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine for the group of faculty, residents, students and trainees engaged in a) research, b) teaching, training and knowledge dissemination, c) clinical care, and d) community-related efforts that focus on health promotion and disease prevention and control. These efforts are evidence-based and occur at several levels-- the individual or family, in clinical settings, and in the broader community and environment. Examples include:
- Behavior change and health communication initiatives
aimed at individuals in clinical or community settings.
- Epidemiologic research, both clinical and population-based, focusing on prevention.
- Lifestyle interventions targeting individuals with conditions caused or exacerbated by behaviors (e.g. obesity, diabetes).
- Initiatives aimed at increasing the quality of health promotion and disease prevention services in clinical settings. This involves efforts aimed at the entire system of health care and all personnel & processes involved therein.
- Efforts that encompass
the broader public health perspective, both through organized public
health units and through other entities and processes (e.g. non-governmental
organizations). This includes occupational (worksite) and environmental
health issues and involves efforts to improve policies that impact
health such as community design for active living or promoting healthy
Michael Criqui, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Chief
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