Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego

Our mission is to improve public health through prevention research, education, and clinical care.

Presentations & Publications

A moving and informative personal essay

Dr. Andrea LaCroix has published a moving and informative personal essay on her emotional journey with her mother, diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, in, an online publication operated by PBS. The essay includes a heartfelt call for research volunteers to participate in clinical trials.

Caption: Andrea LaCroix's mother, Eve. Photo courtesy of Andrea LaCroix.

FMPH Faculty and Trainees present at the AHA’s 2018 Cardiovascular Epidemiology Meeting in New Orleans

Pictured, from left to right: Erin Delker, Isac Thomas, Matt Allison, Interim Chair Cheryl Anderson, Andrea LaCroix, John Belletiere

Psycho-Oncology uses Selene Xu's image

An image by Biostatistics graduate student and first author, Selene Xu, along with her FMPH faculty mentor, Dr. Loki Natarajan, was featured on the March 2018 cover of the journal Psycho-Oncology.

The cover image, by Selene Xu et al., is based on the Paper Cognition, quality‐of‐life and symptom clusters in breast cancer: Using Bayesian networks to elucidate complex relationships, DOI 10.1002/pon.4571.

Becky Marquez panelists at UC San Diego event

First-Generation faculty member Becky Marquez, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine, was one of three Panelists at a recent UC San Diego event entitled, “Failing Forward: Bouncing Back and Exploring Your Passions.” Learn more

Photo courtesy of thisweek@ucsandiego

Drs. Cinnamon Bloss and Kimberly Brouwer publish results

Drs. Cinnamon Bloss and Kimberly Brouwer have recently published results of a research assessment, "Public Response to a "proposed Field Trial of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the United States" in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  Read press release

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Aladdin Shadyab publishes results

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Aladdin Shadyab, with guidance from his mentor, Dr. Andrea LaCroix (Professor and Chief of Epidemiology and a Senior Investigator at the Women's Health Initiative Clinical Coordinating Center), just published the results of a large prospective study of reproductive factors in relation to survival to age 90. Learn more

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Chair's Message

Since 1966, our Department of Family Medicine and Public Health has had a rich history of leadership and scholarly activities at the intersection of primary care and public health. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are engaged in efforts locally, nationally, and globally that improve public health and health care delivery through research, teaching, and clinical care. Learn more


Appointments & Recognition

Elizabeth Barrett Connor, MD received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Endocrine Society, their top award. Per the Endocrine Society, “The hallmarks of Dr. Barrett-Connor’s enduring success — a driving quest for the truth, rigorous scientific discipline, and a joyful passion — have infused every aspect of her career, whether as investigator, lecturer, teacher, or mentor.” Congratulations, Dr. Barrett Connor! More details

Paul J. Mills, PhD has been appointed as Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine, following his service as Interim Chief of the Division since February, 2017. Thank you for your continuing leadership!

This year, the Preventive Medicine Residency was awarded one of only two USA American Cancer Society Fellowships. Further, this UC San Diego Residency is the only program in the country to have been awarded successive ACS Fellowships every year since the grant program began in 1995. This is a testament to the quality of the Residency and to Dr. Linda Hill's phenomenal leadership.

Congratulations to two Preventive Medicine residents, Dr. Emily McDonald and Dr. Amish Talwar, for selection by CDC to serve as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers, working on the front lines of the most important public health issues in the national and global community. For more information on this highly competitive, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program:  

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Research Awards

Brian Kwan, a second year Biostatistics PhD student, has been awarded a prestigious 5-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for 2018. This competitive program in STEM fields has about a 10% award rate. Look for an upcoming article in AMSTAT News (American Statistical Association; describing the NSF GRFP program.

Dr. Armin Schwartzman, PhD
received the 2017 UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) Award for his project to apply statistical image analysis methodology to automatically segment and assess liver tumors from CT scans, in coordination with the Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System.  The Project goal is to reproduce and to improve the LI-RADS protocol of liver cancer assessment. Learn more

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