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

  • Cheryl A. M. Anderson, PhDCheryl A. M. Anderson, PhD, helps define national prescription for healthy diet.
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    Tyson Ikeda, MD, MPH Public HealthTyson Ikeda, MD, was selected as UC San Diego Health System’s Physician of the Year. Each year, the UC San Diego Health System selects a Physician of the Year to recognize physicians for their superb contributions. Dr. Ikeda began his career at UC San Diego as a medical student in 1987. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship in the Department. Dr. Ikeda chose to focus on primary care when he realized that interacting with patients was incredibly rewarding. During his tenure at UC San Diego Health System, he has served in multiple roles including residency director and Division Chief for the Division of Family Medicine. He is considered a clinician of the first order, exemplifying the concepts of duty, honor, service and integrity and is known for his tireless devotion to his patients and his ability to effectively communicate his caring both in words and nonverbal ways.


  • Happy Araneta, PhD, Public HealthMaria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to a 4 year term to serve on the NIH Advisory Council of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The Advisory Council is developing a transformational health disparities research agenda for the next decade, provides advice regarding the Institute's research and training activities, and conducts the second level of review and recommends approval of grant applications and cooperative agreements.


  • 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:

    Suraj Arthur Achar, MD
    David Bazzo, MD
    Ellen Beck, MD
    Lori Daniels, MD
    Linda Hill, MD, MPH
    William A. Norcross, MD
    Kevin Patrick, MD
    Daniel Slater, MD
    Kenneth Taylor, MD

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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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