Welcome to the Department of Population Health Sciences. I am thrilled to be the Inaugural Chair of this new department in the University of Utah School of Medicine. I believe that the contributions of our faculty, staff, and students will have tremendous impact on health care and the delivery of care in this country. I hope this site provides you with valuable information about our research and educational endeavors.
The Department of Population Health Sciences was established in 2014 with the mission of providing methodological expertise and infrastructure that would 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. Bolstered by strong ties to the clinical operations at University of Utah Health and the world renowned Huntsman Cancer Institute, faculty and students in this department have unparalleled access to our health care system, clinicians and researchers from every academic discipline. Partnerships between our department and the vast expertise from across campus have been integral to our growth and early success.
The University of Utah is known for its rich and innovative research history, dating back to being the recipient of the first federally funded R01 in 1945. We haven’t looked back since then. The world’s first artificial heart was transplanted here in 1982, Cancer Center Member Mario Capecchi won the Nobel Prize for his work in gene targeting research, ARUP Laboratories is a national clinical and anatomic reference lab that spun off from our Department of Pathology. These are just a few of the innovations that have had massive impact on science. The University of Utah’s history is full of trail blazing scientists and entrepreneurs. The faculty in Population Health Sciences are paving new roads in the areas of Health IT, medical decision making, new statistical methodologies, cancer prevention and prognosis, rehabilitation science, and more.
Our PhD program was created to train impactful and collaborative researchers who are committed to improving the constantly changing landscape of health care. Our students graduate with emphases in biostatistics, clinical and translational epidemiology, or health systems research and work in interdisciplinary teams from the time they start their coursework.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our Department and the exciting things happening here at the University of Utah.
Angie Fagerlin, PhD