What is Population Health?

It's the science of improving health and health care for all

Population health addresses the social influences on health with a shared goal of a healthier population by:

  • Reducing disparities
  • Measuring true health needs
  • Improving the implementation of effective health interventions
  • Linking communities and health care systems

Solving the Health Care Puzzle

Population health combines implementation science, health policy, data analysis, measurement science, epidemiology, and public health to find innovative solutions for better health.

Population Health vs. Public Health

Population health and public health have some similarities but differ in many ways. Public health can be viewed as what a society does to improve everyone’s health. In contrast, population health brings together health care systems and communities to improve health outcomes for a specific group of people. In essence, population health uses the health care system to both prevent and treat disease.