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The University of Utah's School of Medicine established the Department of Preventive Medicine in 1970 to address current and emerging health care needs by educating health care professionals, conducting basic and applied research, and implementing state-of-the-art clinical and community-based health services. Since then, the Department has grown into a booming entity that house the Divisions of Family Medicine, Physician Assistant Studies, Public Health, and Occupational and Environmental Health.

As an ever growing and developing department, our goal is to expand the possibilities of health by serving the communities we work with in a variety of capacities. Click here to read more about the department, our vision, and who we are.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources

As we grapple with the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine is doing all it can to make sure that our community remains informed, connected, and safe. Click here to read department updates and find relevant resources.

Partnerships

Archived News
CERNER Data Access Awarded to Dr. Qeadan
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Jun 09, 2020

CERNER Data Access Awarded to Dr. Qeadan

Data is paramount to managing the COVID-19 crisis, and Public Health assistant professor Fares Qeadan, PhD, has been awarded access to an extensive data set related to the outbreak. As a result of the award, Dr. Qeadan can now access a wealth of de-identified data from 68 million+ patients, including lab results, underlying illnesses and chronic conditions, and clinical complications.... Read More

Family and Preventive Medicine
PA Program's COVID-19 Response Highlighted by PAEA
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Jun 09, 2020

PA Program's COVID-19 Response Highlighted by PAEA

In recognition of the U's Physician Assistant program's excellence in reaching out to students of all backgrounds during the pandemic, the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Commission has identified the program as "an exemplar in implementing strategies to recognize and address the needs of its students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic." The program's frequent communication with students and opportunities for activism have helped to manage both the challenges of COVID-19 and the fight for racial justice in the past weeks.... Read More

Family and Preventive Medicine
University of Utah Division of Public Health Partners with UDOH to Trace COVID-19 contacts
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May 28, 2020

University of Utah Division of Public Health Partners with UDOH to Trace COVID-19 contacts

The Division of Public Health at the University of Utah announced that they are partnering with the Utah Department of Health to train and field 100 or more workers as contact tracers. These workers will join the State’s effort to conduct contact tracing of those who test positive for COVID-19 and active monitoring of individuals who may have had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.... Read More

Family and Preventive Medicine
CDC Grant Given to Public Health Researchers
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May 04, 2020

CDC Grant Given to Public Health Researchers

Christy Porucznik, PhD, MSPH and Joseph Stanford, MD, MSPH have been selected as one of only two research sites nationwide to lead a study of household transmission of SARS-CoV2 within their existing Utah Children’s Project cohort. Over the course of the next year they expect to enroll approximately 100 families, both adults and children, into the study. Participants will repeatedly self-collect nasal swabs that will be shipped to a lab to be analyzed for evidence of COVID-19 infection. ... Read More

Family and Preventive Medicine
Public Health Donation Drive for Navajo Nation Health Clinic
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Apr 20, 2020

Public Health Donation Drive for Navajo Nation Health Clinic

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads throughout the United States, some communities are suffering disproportionately to their size and density. One such area is that of the Navajo Nation, a territory covering the Four Corners region of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. Despite their relative isolation and aggressive testing, the Navajo people have the third-highest infection rate in the country, outside the epicenters of New York and New Jersey, and have suffered more fatalities than fourteen other states with much larger populations.... Read More

Family and Preventive Medicine

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Kolawole Okuyemi, MD, MPH
Kolawole S. Okuyemi, MD, MPH

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