The Department of Family and Community Medicine is internationally recognized for our pioneering research programs in primary care and community health. Many of our research activities are multidisciplinary involving faculty members from other departments in the UCSF School of Medicine as well as Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

We receive over $15 million annually in research grants funding a wide array of research programs, including:

  • Evaluations of innovative tools to improve the quality of care in primary care practice.
  • Studies to elucidate and reduce health disparities associated with race, ethnicity and social class.
  • Research on family dynamics and patient-physician communication in chronic illness.
  • Research on health workforce diversity and policies to address the maldistribution of physicians, nurses and other health professionals.

Students interested in research opportunities are encouraged to contact faculty directly about their research programs.