The Department of Family Medicine was established in 1970 by the governor and General Assembly of the commonwealth and charged with the mission of preparing competent family physicians for the people of Virginia, while contributing to the knowledge that improves the quality of care they receive. We have had tremendous success: We have helped train thousands of medical students and approximately 1,400 family medicine residents. Today, almost 1,300 of these individuals are practicing in rural, suburban, and urban Virginia communities and provide care for an estimated 2 million Virginians. Read more about our Mission, Vision and Values.
The VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health seeks to be a leader in helping the people of Virginia and beyond achieve improved access to health care, improved health equity, and improved health outcomes. Our vision is a world where all people are able to live healthier and happier lives through access to the best, most appropriate primary care and public health services that are grounded in the science of both family medicine and epidemiology.
To accomplish this vision, we reaffirm the core values of human dignity and of mutual, unconditional respect, and we acknowledge our responsibility to condemn racism and all forms of discrimination. Members of our leadership team and faculty serve on DEI committees.
The Department of Family Medicine and Population Health as a long history of excellence in medical education.
We offer a master’s degree in Public Health and a doctoral degree in Epidemiology.
Our research teams represent multi-disciplinary approaches to research. Family Medicine focuses on improving quality in primary care settings, and Epidemiology faculty conduct research in aging, cancer prevention and control, mental health, and maternal and child health.Discover Our Research