Department of Population Health Sciences

Population Health Sciences (PHS) at the University of Utah School of Medicine drives health care transformation to improve the well-being of the population. Through our research, education, and community engagement activities, we are deeply committed to promoting patient-centered health care and the delivery of evidence-based health innovations that improve population health and reduce health disparities within our community. Our talented, multidisciplinary faculty pursue collaborative research in clinical trials, health service delivery, cost effectiveness, epidemiology, statistical methods, and behavioral sciences. Our PhD program is training the next generation of population health scholars who can apply robust research methods to optimize population health outcomes.

As a department, we strive to be agents of change to advance equality and justice in healthcare for all individuals – regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexuality.  For more on our commitment to addressing health equity, diversity and inclusion, please see the statement from Dr. Angie Fagerlin, Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that this land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homeland of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes. The University of Utah recognizes and respects the enduring relationship that exists between many Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. We respect the sovereign relationship between tribes, states, and the federal government, and we affirm the University of Utah’s commitment to a partnership with Native Nations and Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities. 

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Building Diabetes Awareness
Nov 19, 2021

Building Diabetes Awareness

Community Clinics,Diabetes, driving out diabetes, wellness, underserved populations, diet and nutrition, chronic disease, health educationa

The Driving Out Diabetes Initiative (DODI) is beginning its fourth year of helping Utah families better manage diabetes or lower the risk of developing it. Innovative programs have reached more than 128,000 people. While keeping people who live with diabetes safe and healthy, DODI supports research to end the chronic metabolic disease which has no cure. ... Read More

Population Health Sciences
Like Throwing Pebbles in a Puddle
Nov 04, 2021

Like Throwing Pebbles in a Puddle

community, nutrition

Good nutrition is central to good health. Julie Metos, PhD, MPH, RD, started the Utah Center for Community Nutrition in 2017 to help individuals and families in our own communities make healthier choices and live healthier lives. Students have the opportunity to work with community members experiencing poverty, food insecurity, and lack of healthy food choices. This work is already having a ripple effect on the health of populations for generations to come. ... Read More

Nutrition and Integrative Physiology,Population Health Sciences
Preparing Trainees to Keep Populations Healthy
Nov 02, 2021

Preparing Trainees to Keep Populations Healthy

population health

This fall, 11 students from the incoming Class of 2025 at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine were selected to join the first cohort of the Intermountain Healthcare University of Utah Population Health Scholars Program. This innovate partnership broadens the traditional medical school experience with specialized training and mentorship in preventive care and population health sciences.... Read More

Population Health Sciences

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