C. Rick Henriksen, MD


  • English
  • Hungarian

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: Family Medicine/Medical Students

Board Certification

  • American Board of Family Medicine

Academic Bio

I've always told people that if I had had two lives, then I would have spent the second one as a college professor instead of a physician. Lucky for me, my dream has come true! I get to do both. As a faculty member with the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah I have teaching responsibilities with both residents and medical students.

Family Medicine Clerkship Director

The Family Medicine Clerkship is a required course for all medical students. This is the main opportunity to see how medicine is practiced in the community. Most of our students’ education takes place at the academic medical center. For our 4 weeks, the students are placed within family medicine clinics. The students are introduced to elements of the health care delivery system in the community which support and complement the services provided by the primary care physician.

Primary Care Track Director

As a component of the new medical student curriculum, our senior students now select a Track designation. Our students then spend parts of their last year gaining experience and education, which will preapare them for a residency program from their respective areas. Traditionally the senior year of medical school has been somewhat open for students to schedule. Some would schedule rigorous schedules well-designed as preparation for residency, while other students had years which had less preparation. My vision for the Primary Care Track is:
The students in the primary care track are knowledgeable and passionate residents focused on the health of patients and communities. They succeed through patient-centered care with a deep understanding of the potential success of preventive care.

Family Medicine Resident Education

I spend a more limited amount of time helping to education our family medicine residents. My primary responsibility is attending residents while they are in clinic. The residents each have their own set of patients whom they see regularly. I provide support for the residents in clinic once a week.C. Richard Henriksen, M.D., M.P.P., is a board-certified family medicine physician specializing in preventive care with a focus on nutrition and improved lifestyle. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts degree in behavioral science and health. After finishing his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, he returned to Salt Lake City to complete his family medicine residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Henriksen currently teaches medical students in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. In his leisure time, Dr. Henriksen enjoys attending sporting events, and actively participates in individual sports, including triathlons, cycling, CrossFIt and hiking. Dr. Henriksen is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most insurance plans.

Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training University of Utah
Chief Resident University of Utah
Family Medicine
Chief Resident
Residency University of Utah
Family Medicine
Professional Medical Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM)
Undergraduate University of Utah
Behavioral Science and Health

Selected Publications

Book Chapter

  1. Henriksen, C Rick (). "Nutrition in the Backcountry". In Ingebretson, Richard (Eds.), Advanced Wilderness Life Support (1st). Salt Lake City: AdventureMed.


  1. C Rick Henriksen, MD, MPP Susan Cochella, MD, MPH (). The Role of Family Medicine in the Health Care System. National Clerkship Curriculum (Online- Peer Reviewed). Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
  2. C Rick Henriksen (). "Deborah Cordner Carson: Spirit of the Games". WOD Talk (September/October 2012).
  3. C Rick Henriksen (). "Hey Doc? What is your max dead lift?". WOD Talk (May 2012).


  1. C Rick Henriksen (). Personalized Medicine, Epigenetics, and the Power of Evolutionary Medicine [Web]. Salt Lake City: Family Medicine Vital Signs Blog. Available: https://fammedvitalsigns.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/personalized-medicine-epigenetics-and-the-power-of-evolutionary-medicine/.
  2. C Rick Henriksen (). Performance Goals, A Road to Better Health [Web]. Salt Lake City: Family Medicine Vital Signs Blog. Available: https://fammedvitalsigns.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/performance-goals-a-road-to-better-health/.