About the College of Community Health Sciences
CCHS also provides the last two years of clinical training for a cohort of medical students enrolled at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and it operates a three-year family medicine residency program. CCHS welcomes students from disciplines other than medicine and provides training sites and internships for students in clinical dietetics, health education, healthcare management, nursing, pharmacy, psychology and social work.
CCHS welcomes students from disciplines other than medicine and provides training sites and internships for students in clinical dietetics, health education, healthcare management, nursing, pharmacy, psychology and social work.
We are dedicated to improving and promoting the health of individuals and communities in Alabama and the region through leadership in medical education and primary care; the provision of high quality, accessible health care services; and scholarship.
- Social Accountability
- Interprofessional Collaboration
The College was established at The University of Alabama in 1972 in response to the Alabama Legislature’s mandate to solve the critical need for health care in rural Alabama. In the same year, the College was designated as a branch campus of the University of Alabama School of Medicine to provide clinical training to medical students. William Willard, MD, was recruited to be the College’s first dean following his retirement from the University of Kentucky. Willard was known as the father of family medicine for his national role in establishing the field of family medicine. He soon began recruiting the initial faculty and staff, and the first full-time students entered the program in 1974.
Since that time, the College has educated more than 423 residents who are now working in medical practices, hospitals and universities throughout the United States and have been leaders in national and state medical associations. The University of Alabama School of Medicine — Tuscaloosa Regional Campus, has educated nearly 800 medical students who have been competitive in obtaining entry to prestigious residencies across the country in family medicine and a variety of specialties including anesthesiology, psychiatry, neurology and surgery.
Today, the College is located in a state-of-the-art 77,000 square-foot facility which houses University Medical Center, the Rural Health Leaders Pipeline, the Institute for Rural Health Research, educational facilities and the College administration.