Center for Population Health Sciences

What is Population Health?

Population health is the study of health outcomes, patterns of health determinants and disease states in populations. Looking at social, environmental, cultural and physical factors, the term “population” looks beyond geographic boundaries, encompassing a variety of subsets such as “people with jobs” or “patients served by a specific medical care system.” In keeping with this broader definition, the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences is home to faculty members and research scientists whose research involves any of the following methodologies.