Community Medicine

David Parish, Chair of the Department of Community Medicine

The Department of Community Medicine serves the School of Medicine as the academic home of the Community Medicine (CM) Program, the Community Preceptor Network (CPN) and the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities (CRHHD).  With the advent of the Medical School in 1982, the Department originated as the Community Science Program with full department status being granted in 2002. Community Medicine is currently comprised of 15 faculty members representing a number of unique and enriching professional and educational experiences, most  Community Medicine Programs, community projects and research, with locations in Macon and Savannah, Georgia. In addition, CPN boasts over 280 community-based physician preceptors.

Accordingly, our department provides rich educational opportunities, cutting-edge research, and service learning to those wishing to study population and/or public health, not to mention the support we offer physicians and community stakeholders throughout the state of Georgia. Our areas of expertise include public health, population health, evidence-based medicine, epidemiology & biostatistics, health promotion and disease prevention, as well as behavioral and social research.

Our goal is to provide well-trained, informed health professionals who are able to meet the changing needs of a diverse population throughout rural and underserved parts of Georgia.