Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

...Where Public Health is our primary focus.

Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego

Improving Public Health through preventive, behavioral, epidemiologic and clinical research, education and clinical care.

Public Health News

  • Ruth Heifetz, MD, MPH, was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) “Spirit of Justice” Award. Dr. Heifetz is the founding board member of the EHC, an organization fighting toxic pollution and other environmental hazards in the San Diego/ Tijuana region. She was recognized at the 2014 Awards Celebration: Victory for Healthy Communities for her lifetime of dedication to raising awareness among students, professionals, workers and residents to the hazards of toxic pollution.


  • Mike CriquiLinda L. Hill, MD, MPH, has been selected as the Individual Award Recipient of the 2014 Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Award. These awards were created as a component of the County of San Diego's Live Well San Diego initiative to recognize extraordinary achievements of individuals, organizations, and regions in areas of Public Health services that protect and promote the health and wellness of San Diego County residents. This year’s theme award recognized achievements related to National Public Health Week‘s (NPHW) 2014's theme: Public Health: Start Here! Today’s Public Health Professionals are Helping Individuals and Communities Navigate the Changing World of Public Health.


  • Kudos to the following Department faculty who were rated among San Diego County’s Top Docs by San Diego Magazine’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey:


    David Bazzo, MD
    Ellen Beck, MD
    Lori Daniels, MD
    Cecilia Gutierrez, MD
    Katie Hirst, MD
    Tyson Ikeda, MD
    Gene A. Kallenberg, MD
    William A. Norcross, MD
    Kenneth Taylor, MD
    Jennifer J. Wu, MD, MS.Ed.

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Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, where our mission is to improve Public Health through preventive, behavioral, epidemiologic and clinical research, education and clinical care.

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Featured Faculty

Dr. William Norcross loves older people."I think that's because I had such a wonderful relationship with my grandparents," said the geriatrics specialist, family physician and Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at UC San Diego since 1978.

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