About Us

We are a team of researchers and clinicians with a shared goal – preventing disease and improving the health of populations.

The Division of Public Health Sciences broadens the scope of population-based research at the Washington University School of Medicine by providing a platform for investigators from multiple disciplines to collaborate on projects that affect strategies in clinical care and outcomes. Current faculty includes epidemiologists, statisticians, behavioral scientists, economists, health communication scientists, and more, who address a range of population health challenges. Faculty from other departments and schools have secondary appointments in our division.

Research projects range from those focused on eliminating health disparities in Missouri and the region, to conducting health services and comparative effectiveness research, to improving service delivery, to measuring outcomes for cancer survivors and other patient groups after major clinical or disease events. Faculty members collaborate with clinicians and researchers in oncology, emergency medicine, surgery, OB/GYN and psychiatry, and more clinical divisions, as well as The Genome Institute at Washington University, Genomics and Pathology Services, and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. 

The Department of Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine established the Division of Public Health Sciences in 2010. Building on relationships with the Siteman Cancer Center and the Institute for Public Health, the division is a major component of the population health initiative embraced by Washington University School of Medicine leadership. The division also provides a home for the Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS), a degree program for clinicians who seek training in population-based clinical outcomes research methods.