About the Center

Mission and Strategy

Founded in 2015, the Center’s mission is to improve individual and population health 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

Although pre-existing and novel PHS research projects span the gamut of scientific arenas and disciplines, our Center attempts to focus efforts through a series of “working groups”—informal networks of researchers sharing a conceptual area of shared interest. PHS currently has 14 active working groups comprised of nearly 170 faculty members from 7 Stanford schools and over 50 departments. Our working groups are focused on diverse topics such as The First Thousand Days of Life, Immigration and Health, Gene-Environment Interaction, Health Disparities, mHealth and Other New Technologies. [Learn more]

Affiliated Centers and Departments