Department of Family and Community Medicine

  • 500 University Dr.

    17033 Hershey

    United States

Organization profile

Organization profile

Penn State College of Medicine had the first department of Family and Community Medicine in an academic health center in the United States.

Departmental faculty members are very active clinically, seeing patients at Penn State Health sites in Hershey, Harrisburg, Elizabethtown, Camp Hill, Palmyra, Middletown, Mount Joy and State College, Pa., with just fewer than 300,000 primary-care visits per year.

The department sees inpatients at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Children's Hospital, both in Hershey, and at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.

Family and Community Medicine is also responsible for the education of the College's medical students in family medicine, including a required third-year clerkship, a required underserved-medicine clerkship, and many other courses in all four years of the curriculum. The department also offers multiple residency and fellowship programs. 

Faculty members' interests include research, obstetrics, geriatrics, primary care sports medicine, integrative holistic medicine and global health.

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Primary Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Colorectal Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
Medical Students Medicine & Life Sciences
Early Detection of Cancer Medicine & Life Sciences
Family Practice Medicine & Life Sciences
Papillomavirus Vaccines Medicine & Life Sciences
Randomized Controlled Trials Medicine & Life Sciences
Family Physicians Medicine & Life Sciences

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Alan Adelman, MD, MS

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Mark Baker, MD

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Research Output 1976 2019

Adolescent Behavioral Cancer Prevention in the United States: Creating a Composite Variable and Ranking States’ Performance

Moss, J. L., Liu, B. & Zhu, L., Oct 1 2019, In : Health Education and Behavior. 46, 5, p. 865-876 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hepatitis B

Aspirin for primary prevention: USPSTF recommendations for CVD and colorectal cancer

Smith, D. K., Demetriou, T. & Weber, C., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Family Practice. 68, 3, p. 146-151 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Primary Prevention
Colorectal Neoplasms

Authors’ reply to goertzen and zelek regarding “the copprr study: Community preceptor perspectives about recruitment and retention”

Minor, S., Huffman, M., Lewis, P., Kost, A. & Prunuske, J., Nov 1 2019, In : Family medicine. 51, 10, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Open Access

Behind the mask: Identity formation and team building

Stephens, M. B., Nov 1 2019, In : Annals of family medicine. 17, 6, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access

Changes in E-Cigarette Use Behaviors and Dependence in Long-term E-Cigarette Users

Du, P., Fan, T., Yingst, J., Veldheer, S., Hrabovsky, S., Chen, C. & Foulds, J., Sep 1 2019, In : American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 57, 3, p. 374-383 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobacco Products
Electronic Cigarettes

Characteristics of Adult Cigarette Smokers Who "Relight" and the Effects of Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Constituents

Allen, S. I., Wasserman, E., Veldheer, S., Yingst, J., Hrabovsky, S., Liao, J., Krebs, N. M., Horn, K., Reinhart, L., Modesto, J., Putt, K., Evins, A. E., Muscat, J. E., Richie, J. P. & Foulds, J., Aug 19 2019, In : Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. 21, 9, p. 1206-1212 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobacco Products
Tobacco Use Disorder
2 Citations (Scopus)

Community preceptor perspectives on recruitment and retention: The CoPPRR study

Minor, S., Huffman, M., Lewis, P., Kost, A. & Prunuske, J., May 2019, In : Family medicine. 51, 5, p. 389-398 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Personal Autonomy
Medical Students

Comparing the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death to Common Causes of Childhood Injury Death

Roehler, D. R., Batra, E. & Quinlan, K. P., Sep 1 2019, In : Journal of Pediatrics. 212, p. 224-227.e5

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sudden Infant Death
Child Mortality
Wounds and Injuries
Cause of Death

Demographic and psychosocial factors associated with limited health literacy in a community-based sample of older Black Americans

Davis, S. N., Wischhusen, J. W., Sutton, S. K., Christy, S. M., Chavarria, E. A., Sutter, M. E., Roy, S., Meade, C. D. & Gwede, C. K., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Patient Education and Counseling.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Literacy
Colorectal Neoplasms

Projects 2014 2021

Self Care
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Point-of-Care Systems
Social Media
Papillomavirus Vaccines
Whooping Cough

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Oral presentation