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Stanford faculty, students, trainees and affiliated researchers are invited to join the Center for Population Health Sciences. Members receive access to data sets, funding notices, consultation and collaboration opportunities.

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Mission and Strategy

Founded in 2015, the Center’s mission is to improve the health of populations by bringing together diverse disciplines and data to understand and address social, environmental, behavioral, and biological factors on both a domestic and global scale.

Our overall strategy is built on four pillars:

  1. Collaboration and Community - Fostering partnerships and transdisciplinary research
  2. Research Resources - Providing a portal for data discovery and analysis to enable research
  3. Translation -Turning research into application
  4. Education and Training - Teaching and disseminating PHS discoveries

What is population health?

Population health is the study of relationships between many health determinants and/or health outcomes in large populations. It sits at the intersection of medicine and public health, spanning basic and social sciences, enabling integrated research that encompasses virtually every domain of life and society.  

The Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences is home to faculty and research scientists with expertise in a variety of disciplines: 

behavioral health · biomedical ethics · biostatistics · bioinformatics 
business · community health · demography · education · engineering
environmental science · economics · epidemiology · genetics 
health services research · implementation science· law   
microbiology · preventive medicine · psychology · sociology 

Areas of focus

The Center for Population Health Sciences (PHS) aims to address a wide variety of social, behavioral, environmental and biological factors affecting health. Our network of nearly 170 researchers from over 50 dapertments and our partner institutions come together to solve big issues in diverse areas impacting population health.

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