The Department of Community and Rural Medicine seeks to understand the unique issues rural communities face, how those issues affect the quality of health of rural residents, and what can be done to improve health and health outcomes. Department faculty and staff work together with communities to educate future health professionals, conduct research, and provide service. Our students, faculty and staff are deeply involved with communities in efforts that are promoting health, preventing disease and injury, and working toward the elimination of health disparities in rural Alabama.



The Department of Community and Rural Medicine works with rural communities, public and private agencies, and other University of Alabama System divisions to improve the health of rural Alabamians by providing educational programs for rural high school students through graduate/professional students, research on rural health issues, outreach to rural communities and leadership/partnership in rural health initiatives with community and institutional partners.