The School of Medicine is developing three Institutes for Excellence to support and encourage academic endeavors and high-quality research, which are part of the school's broader mission of teaching, research and service.

The institutes cover three main practice areas: primary care, rehabilitation medicine and global public health.

Institute for Primary Care

To address the escalating shortage of primary care physicians, Quinnipiac established the Institute for Primary Care. The institute will encourage physicians to enter the field of primary care, which encompasses the full breadth of patient services including disease prevention, health maintenance and acute and chronic care for physical and mental illness. Through the institute, faculty and students can explore issues in primary care, investigate the changing role of primary care in today's health care environment and participate in interprofessional service projects.

Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine

The Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine will afford interprofessional teams the opportunity to devote themselves to the study and practice of this area of medicine, with specific emphasis on providing services for wounded veterans. Plans are in place to collaborate with local health care facilities and organizations that work with veterans. In addition to the School of Medicine, this institute will involve other health professions to address issues in rehabilitation.

The institute will make use of the University's advanced technology and equipment, including the Motion Analysis Lab. The collaborative work conducted at this institutewill endeavor to not only improve the health and mobility of individuals inneed of rehabilitation, but also improve their quality of life.

Institute for Global Public Health

In our increasingly interconnected world, health concerns are no longer isolated to specific geographic corners. The Institute for Global Public Health is working to raise awareness and prepare physicians to address the challenges of current and future global health issues. It also is developing a master of public health program.

This interdisciplinary field of study enables students to understand and promote individual and population health in communities here and throughout the world. Global public and community health themes are integrated throughout the School of Medicine curriculum. Students may study the field in-depth by selecting it as a concentration for the Scholarly Reflection and Capstone Concentration course. Current capstone projects in the global public and community health concentration include using mobile technology to improve primary care of diabetes in Senegal and diarrhea prevention education for mothers in cholera-affected areas of Haiti.

The institute will offer research, clinical and service opportunities, taking advantage of Quinnipiac's international resources and growing prominence abroad, as well as working with the Weitzman Institute of Community Health Center in Middletown, Conn. Quinnipiac is developing relationships with more universities and non-governmental organizations in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Laos, the Philippines, Hungary, Lithuania, India, Ghana and Morocco. Medical students may complete clinical, service and research rotations in mentored settings abroad, where they will be exposed to a rich diversity of cultures, communities and health care.