The teaching mission of the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health within the Medical School is extensive and intertwined with course offerings in other departments.

Faculty members teach from the traditional areas of human behavior, community clinical medicine and experiences within the medical school curriculum. This includes: the study of behavioral health and dysfunction, human development as understood from the individual, family and sociocultural levels, identifying major medical concerns from a case, diagnostic and physical exam skills, and gaining various clinical experiences in clinics, hospitals, operating rooms, labor and delivery departments, emergency departments and nursing homes.


The Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health offers six required courses.


The department has nine required clerkships for third-and fourth-year medical students, as well as eight elective clerkships.


The department's residency program is the only stand-alone program in the northern Minnesota region.