The Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health combines the interests in health behavior, health of populations, and improving healthcare access and outcomes in rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Our department collaborates with more than 300 community and rural physicians to provide quality clinical education and didactic experiences for medical students.

In taking this approach, it addresses a broad range of factors impacting our health. We study community clinical medicine, population health, behavioral genes, and ways to improve the quality of life in tribal and rural communities. It also includes research efforts spanning the role of stress in health, immune functioning, addiction, and disease.

These experiences complemented by research and outreach initiatives, allow our faculty and staff to encourage and motivate the next generation of rural and American Indian physicians.

Behavioral Medicine Laboratories
School of Medicine

Department News, Events, and Seminars

Dr. Alan Johns hosts WDSE-TV's 'Doctors on Call' answering viewers questions about upper extremity, neck and back problems.

Researchers in the Behavioral Medicine Laboratories on the Duluth Campus is looking for candidates to participate in a stress response smoking cessation study. 

Regional Duluth Campus Dean, Dr. Paula Termuhlen and Dr. Ruth Westra, authors this article on precision medicine in rural Minnesota, and what it looks like today.