Andrew Dykens MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Family Medicine University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine
Work 1919 W Taylor, M/C 663
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Biographical Info

Director, GME Global Health Education at the UIC Center for Global Health
Fellow, UIC Institute of Health Research and Policy


Family Medicine Center at University Village
722 W. Maxwell St.
Chicago, IL 60607


​Carl Junction, Missouri


University of Missouri at Columbia, 2004


University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007


Masters of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008


Cervical Cancer Control and Prevention
Implementation and Delivery Science
Health Systems Strengthening
Global Health Partnerships
Global Health Education Public Health Policy
Chronic and Noncommunicable Diseases
Community Medicine

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Originating from southwest Missouri, I received my medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed my Family Medicine residency and Public Health degree at UIC.

My interests lie in cervical cancer prevention and control, implementation and delivery science, health policy and systems research, chronic diseases, community medicine, and health disparities. I direct the Global Community Health Track through the UIC Center for Global Health. This program strives to expose interested resident physicians to a global community health perspective with an emphasis on building technical and research capacity, improving access to quality health services, and equitable partnerships. My interest in global health first developed through my experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1997 to 1999 in Mauritania, West Africa. I served as a Health Education/ Water Sanitation volunteer in Selibaby, the capital of the Guidimakha region. I founded and currently direct Peace Care, a nonprofit organization, with impact in Senegal, Ethiopia, and the Dominican Republic.


Grant Generating Project Fellow 2012-2013, Virginia Commonwealth University

​2013: Outstanding Young Physician Award – presented by the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the Medical Alumni Organization



Peterson CE, Dykens JA, Brewer NT, Buscemi J, Watson K, Comer-HaGans D, PhD, Ramamonjiarivelo Z, Fitzgibbon M. (2016). Increase HPV Vaccination Uptake: An Urgent Opportunity for Cancer Prevention. Retrieved from

Demment MM, Peters K, Dykens JA, Dozier A, Nawaz H, McIntosh S, Smith JS, Sy A, Irwin T, Fogg TT, Khaliq M, Blumenfeld R, Massoudi M, De Ver Dye T; “Developing the evidence base to inform best practice: A scoping study of breast and cervical cancer reviews in low- and middle-income countries” PLOS One. 2015 Sep 1;10(9):e0134618. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134618 / 2015

Abril EP, Kupczyk M, Zwicke GL, Mastarone GL, Irwin T, Dykens JA. Health communication practices in rural Senegal. An assessment to support cervical cancer screening. Journal of Applied Communication Research. 2015;43(2):242-262. / 2014

Dykens JA, Ndiaye Y, Hedrick C, Linn A. Peace Corps partnered health services implementation research in global health: opportunity for impact. Global Adv Health Med. 2014;3(5):8-15


Reifler K, Dykens JA. Strengthening decentralized primary health care in low- and middle-income countries: a narrative review of frameworks. Journal of Health Policy and Planning. 2016 [under review]

Patel D, Xing Y, Hasnain M, Dykens JA. Global community health education: expertise for capacity building. Journal of Family Medicine. [under review]

Dykens JA, Linn A, Irwin T, Peters K, Pyra M, Traoré F, Touré-Diarra M, Hasnain M, Wallner K, Linn P, Ndiaye Y. Implementing visual cervical cancer screening in Senegal: A cross sectional study of risk factors and prevalence highlighting service utilization barriers. International Journal of Women’s Health. [under review]


Peace Care Founder


UIC Cancer Center Research member in the Population Health, Behavior and Outcomes Research Program.

UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy Member

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