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The mission of the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine research is to expand the possibilities of health through discovering the determinants of health and developing evidence to improve health.

The department primarily focuses on these research areas:


    • Global Health
    • Health Professions Workforce
    • Primary Care Research
    • Quality Improvement in Health Care
    • Health Disparities
    • Infection Prevention
    • Cancer Epidemiology & Prevention


    • Reproductive & Women's Health
    • Occupational Health
    • Environmental Health
    • Life Course Epidemiology & Health
    • Emergency Preparedness & Disaster
    • Substance Abuse
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The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR) ranked DFPM #3 in NIH funding among other departments of Family Medicine in 2021.


Group Mtg

Joseph B. Stanford, MD, MSPH, CFCMC


I seek to understand and improve the impact of reproductive health on child health and development. Since 1991, I have conducted research in natural family planning, natural procreative technology, reproductive epidemiology, and life course epidemiology, including serving as principal investigator or co-investigator for five preconception cohort studies. I am currently principal investigator for the Utah Children's Project, a cohort to investigate child health outcomes in relation to early life exposures (back to conception) and genetics; and one of the principal investigators for the participation of UCP in the NIH Environmental influences and Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) consortium.

Melanie Steiner-Sherwood, PhD

Director, Research & Scholarship

Melanie develops the department’s research infrastructure and directs central pre- and post-award operations. She works closely with the Vice Chair for Research and the Research and Innovation Committee to set strategic goals and success metrics for research activities.