PMCH History

Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) integrates the knowledge, skills, and values of the sciences that contribute to the prevention of disease and disability and the maintenance and restoration of health and function. We focus on the primary prevention of disease and disability through the promotion of healthy behaviors and environments. We emphasize secondary prevention, or limitation of disease progression, through effective screening and early intervention. We promote tertiary prevention, or prevention of disease sequelae, through effective treatment and rehabilitation to restore health and function.

Our departmental activities are unified by a population health perspective and a quantitative analytical approach. We investigate the interplay of individual biological and behavioral factors with aspects of the physical, social, and policy environments.  Research, practice, and training activities focus on health risks, determinants, outcomes, and interventions in both clinical and community settings and in specific occupational, patient, or demographic groups. Our interdisciplinary department includes faculty with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, biochemistry, public health, clinical science, and clinical preventive medicine.

The UTMB Department of Preventive Medicine was established in 1912. To reflect the expanding focus of the field, the department was renamed Preventive Medicine and Community Health in 1966. The department has a rich history of contributing to advances in preventive medicine and community health practice, education, and research throughout its nearly 100 years. PMCH is uniquely positioned to continue its contributions to the public’s health into the 21st century.

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James Person Simonds, MD

James Person Simonds, MD
Chair, 1912-1914

Burdett Loomis Arms, MD

Burdett Loomis Arms, MD
Chair, 1914-1916

Mark F. Boyd, MD

Mark F. Boyd, MD
Chair, 1917-1921

William B. Sharp, MD, PhD

William B. Sharp, MD, PhD
Chair, 1921-1940

Carl A. Nau, MD

Carl A. Nau, MD
Chair, 1941-1961

Don W. Micks, ScD

Don W. Micks, ScD
Chair, 1961-1985

Harold Sandstead, MD

Harold Sandstead, MD
Chair, 1985-1990

Billy Phillips, PhD, MPH

Billy Phillips, PhD, MPH
Chair, 2007-2009

Harvey Bunce, III, PhD

Harvey Bunce, III, PhD
Chair, 1991-2007 and 2009-2012

Laura Rudkin, PhD

Laura Rudkin, PhD
Chair, 2012-present

Preventive Medicine

1912-1914 James Person Simonds

1914-1916 Burdett Loomis Arms

Bacteriology and Preventive Medicine

1917-1921 Mark F. Boyd

1921-1940 William B. Sharp

Preventive Medicine and Public Health

1940-1941 John W. Spies

1941-1961 Carl A. Nau

1961-1966 Don W. Micks

Preventive Medicine and Community Health

1966-1985 Don W. Micks

1985-1990 Harold Sandstead

1990-1991 John Bruhn

1991-2007 Harvey Bunce, III

2007-2009 Billy Phillips, Jr.

2009-2012 Harvey Bunce, III

2012-present Laura Rudkin