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The Department of Family and Community Health Systems

The dynamic and diverse faculty and staff of the Department of Family and Community Health Systems supports undergraduate courses in maternity, pediatrics, family and community nursing and graduate courses in the master and doctoral programs.

Prominent faculty scholars are recognized nationally and internationally for their work in the areas of child health, healthy aging, nutrition, obesity, stress, global health, disaster response, violence prevention, and gerontology. HRSA-funded programs that serve as national models to foster student success are based in the department as is the Community-Based Health Promotion with Women and Children Center for Excellence (link) endowed by Anita Thigpen Perry Nursing Endowment. This Center serves as model for locally relevant, positive youth, family, and community development programs within economically disadvantaged urban committees.


Faculty practice is also a strong component of this department. Our faculty practice in sites across the city, including the UT Health Science Center Student Health Center, delivering primary health care to the students of our campus and citizens of San Antonio. Faculty provide leadership at the local, national, and international levels to influence and improve health care policy and practice.