Population Health Sciences Program


Population Health Sciences Program: Reductions in morbidity and mortality during the 20th century resulted in large part from effective health promotion and disease prevention programs. In the 21st century, these activities will continue to be central to improving population health and reducing health disparities. The Population Health Sciences (PHS) Graduate Program prepares students to conduct, communicate, and apply research aimed at the protection, promotion, and restoration of health in human populations.

Curricula within the Program share a population health perspective that explores the interplay of individual biological and behavioral factors with aspects of the physical, social, and policy environments. Research focuses on health risks, determinants, outcomes, and interventions in clinical and community settings and in unique occupational or patient groups.

Training emphasizes the development and mastery of high-level quantitative skills in data collection and analysis.

Mission & Goals 

The mission of the Population Health Sciences Program is to contribute to the protection and promotion of health in human populations by:
  • Preparing students to practice skillful and evidence-based preventive medicine and public health;
  • Conducting and communicating research that informs the diverse fields within public health; and
  • Providing interdisciplinary expertise in the service of academic, professional, and community-based public health organizations. 

We work toward this mission through the development, integration, and continual improvement of activities from our rigorous instructional program, collaborative and productive research agendas, and wide-ranging service commitments.

Our established values, goals and objectives guide us in our efforts to accomplish our stated mission. We have developed broad goals and measurable objectives for the program and for each of its major functions; instruction, research, and service, as well as workforce development, resources and administration.



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The PHS Graduate Program includes faculty from several clinical and basic science departments providing students access to facilities across the campus. Facilities associated with the individual curricular tracks can be made available to all PHS students with related research interests. PHS faculty members have access to and experience with a wide range of population health data sets. including: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), the Hispanic Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly (H-EPESE), cancer data from the SEER Program, the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS), Medicare data, the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), mortality data for the Department of Energy nuclear workers, and health insurance claims data on approximately 36 Million United Health enrollees. 

PHS courses and curricula provide a unique interdisciplinary and interprofessional experience. M.D. and Ph.D. teaching faculty members come from a range of clinical and population health science disciplines and have varied areas of research expertise. Students enrolled in PHS and its affiliated degree programs (Clinical Science and Public Health) include medical students, residents and fellows, nurses, physical therapists and other health professionals, and traditional graduate students. 


Preventive Medicine Graduate Programs
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M. Kristen Peek, PhD

M. Kristen Peek, PhD
Director, Population Health Sciences Graduate Program

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