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Department of Population Health Sciences

Vision

The new Department of Population Health Sciences (PHS) at the University of Utah School of Medicine will drive health care transformation and be a hub for education, investigation, and expertise in health services, cost, quality, outcomes, and health delivery systems research.

Background

Historically, the School of Medicine departments have followed a traditional model that is aligned along defined specialties, educational requirements, and accreditation requirements. With increased emphasis on team-based scholarship, the PHS department will represent a bold shift in this paradigm, using collaboration as a foundation to advance knowledge.

While it is recognized that population health and health systems research expertise and successful scholarly work already exist, there is also an urgent need to broaden this knowledge and build on what we have. The Department of Population Health Sciences was designed to complement, strengthen, and extend the capacity for scholarship across the University of Utah campus. A key to the success of the department will be its ability to collaborate and synergize across units to build on what exists currently.

The Department of Population Health Sciences is poised to be at the forefront of health care system changes by supporting rigorous approaches to investigation and education in such areas as value-based patient outcomes, quality, new business and financial models, and health care delivery. The Department of Population Health Sciences will position the University of Utah to be a value-driven organization that can lead health care transformation scholarship and implementation and define health care for the future.

Mission

The mission of the new department is to provide methodologic expertise and infrastructure that will advance capacity for population health scientists to pursue impact-driven research and allow clinical professionals to provide better patient and population-oriented care in an increasingly complex health care delivery system.

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With three sets of breast cancer screening guidelines giving conflicting sets of recommendations, it’s no wonder that patients and physicians are confused. A new study shows that adding to the confusion are the guidelines themselves. More often than not, cancer screening guidelines either leave out important information about the benefits, or harms, of certain recommendations, or presents information in a biased way.... Read More

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How Low to Go for Blood Pressure? Lower Target Could Affect Millions of Americans

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A new study finds that at least 16.8 million Americans could potentially benefit from lowering their systolic blood pressure (SBP) to 120 mmHg, much lower than current guidelines of 140 or 150 mmHg. The collaborative investigation between the University of Utah, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Columbia University, will be published Nov. 9 online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).... Read More

Population Health Sciences

CONTACT US

Questions? Contact us by phone or email:

Williams Building, Room 1C448 
295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Phone: (801) 587-2100
Email: phs@hsc.utah.edu