Wayne State University

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School of Medicine

About Us


Welcome to the Wayne State University Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences!

Organized in the 70’s in response to legislative recognition of the need for more physicians to practice Family Medicine in Michigan, our department has grown significantly over time. It is now a home to more than 40 physician and PhD faculty members, and more than 250 voluntary faculty, engaged in research, education and clinical care. Family medicine as a specialty is committed to providing personalized, front-line medical care to people of all socioeconomic strata, delivering the majority of care for America’s underserved rural and urban populations. The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the Wayne State University School of Medicine upholds and furthers this legacy through a commitment to excellent patient care, rigorous medical education and groundbreaking research. Many faculty and students are engaged in research on health equity and disparities, including studies on cancer, heart disease, asthma, obesity, HIV, and maternal and child health. This work is primarily focused on Detroit and other cities in Michigan but includes work nationally and internationally. Our faculty are active in medical education both in the undergraduate and residency levels at the School of Medicine. We also lead the WSU Master’s in Public Health program. 

Our department prides itself on being respectful of diversity, embracing all aspects of health and well-being.  We exhibit academic excellence and high-quality care, student success at every level, research innovations to further community health and philanthropic partnerships to secure the future.

The Mission of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences is to be committed to improving the health, well-being, and environment of individuals, families, and communities by advancing the science and practice of family medicine and public health through innovation and excellence in research and education.

We also embrace the vision, mission and commitment of the Medical School:

Vision: Wayne State University School of Medicine faculty and staff will graduate a diverse group of physicians and biomedical scientists who will transform the promise of equal health into a reality for all.

Mission: We will educate a diverse student body in an urban setting and within a culture of inclusion, through high quality education, clinical excellence, pioneering research, local investment in our community and innovative technology, to prepare physician and biomedical scientific leaders to achieve health and wellness for our society.

Commitment: We are privileged to serve our community, state, nation, and the world as innovators in medicine, health, prevention and wellness.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our programs, faculty, residents and students. I encourage you to contact any of our faculty directly if you have any questions about the programs we offer or wish to collaborate with us.

Department Chair

Tsveti Markova, MD, FAAFP