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Division of Preventive Medicine

Welcome from Division Chief 

The Division of Preventive Medicine serves as the primary organizational home within the Department of Family Medicine for the group of faculty, residents, students and trainees engaged in a) research, b) teaching, training and knowledge dissemination, c) clinical care, and d) community-related efforts that focus on health promotion and disease prevention and control. These efforts are evidence-based and occur at several levels-- the individual or family, in clinical settings, and in the broader community and environment. Examples include:

  • Behavior change and health communication initiatives aimed at individuals in clinical or community settings.
  • Epidemiologic research, both clinical and population-based, focusing on prevention.
  • Lifestyle interventions targeting individuals with conditions caused or exacerbated by behaviors (e.g. obesity, diabetes).
  • Initiatives aimed at increasing the quality of health promotion and disease prevention services in clinical settings. This involves efforts aimed at the entire system of health care and all personnel & processes involved therein.

Efforts that encompass the broader public health perspective, both through organized public health units and through other entities and processes (e.g. non-governmental organizations). This includes occupational (worksite) and environmental health issues and involves efforts to improve policies that impact health such as community design for active living or promoting healthy food choices.

Matthew Allison, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Division Chief

Education & Training

Integrated Cardiovascular Epidemiology Fellowship

This fellowship focuses on the epidemiology and behavioral medicine used in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

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General Preventive Medicine Residency

Founded in 1983, the UCSD-SDSU General Preventive Medicine Residency trains physicians in preventive medicine and public health.

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Women's Cardiovascular Research Center

The Center's mission is to train the next generation of researchers who will lead efforts to improve cardiovascular health among women.

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