Population health science investigates the determinants and distribution of health and disease and develops methods and tools to improve health and health equity in populations defined by geography, ethnicity, employment, and even health care systems.

A transdisciplinary effort, population health sciences integrates many scientific fields. The department’s faculty includes leading researchers with deep experience and scholarship in quantitative, qualitative and social science. Their research focuses primarily on three fields that form the foundation of population health improvement:

Faculty spotlight

Juan Marcos Gonzalez, PhD, is an expert in the design of stated-preference surveys and the use of advanced statistical tools to analyze stated-preference data. His research focuses on the transparency in benefit-risk evaluations and the elicitation of health preferences to support shared decision making. Discover more about his research and how it has informed benefit and risk. Read more