The Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences exists to equip tomorrow’s doctors with the knowledge, vision, and tools to be agents of change, who make communities healthier and our health system more effective, efficient, and equitable.
We connect courses and schools of thought so that students understand the biomedical, behavioral, social, and political factors influencing health. Our educational content is designed to stimulate conversation and action outside of the classroom, in pursuit of individual and system improvement.
"Why treat people and send them back to the conditions that made them sick?"
- Michael Marmont, M.D., Author of “The Health Gap”
Through interdisciplinary scholarship, education, and engagement, our work addresses pressing needs that exist in the Greater Houston area and leads to healthier communities.
We have a duty to think about what our medical school will contribute to this community. Does our work provide a benefit to Houston and to our neighbors? In my research, I studied social accountability as a theoretical framework, and when I saw the UH College of Medicine mission, I thought, 'This school will make social accountability come alive.'
- Winston Liaw, M.D., M.P.H., Chair, Health Systems & Population Health Sciences
Research & Community Engagement
Departmental faculty work with community stakeholders and organizations to address issues relevant to communities in the Greater Houston area.
Our work helps patients receive the right care, at the right time, at the right place. We are on a mission to break down ineffective, inequitable, and inefficient cycles of health by creating new paths that are built on a foundation of scientific evidence – research and data – and guided by communities.
We believe that we can do more together than we can separately.
What we study:
- Health equity
- Substance use
- Health-harming legal needs
- Clinician burnout
- Value in health care
- Health informatics and artificial intelligence
The Honduras Trip is a faculty-led trip for students to visit and learn about taking care of patients in a rural setting in Honduras. The opportunity will take place from 4/13/2024 until 4/21/2024. During the visit, students will be providing care for patients and living within the community. This unique experience will give students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, gain new perspectives, and develop their skills as future health care leaders.
Who We Are
Vision, Values and Missions
The Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences seeks to break ineffective, inequitable, and inefficient cycles of health by creating new paths that are built on a foundation of evidence and guided by communities.
Meet the Team
We are home to the Pop Stars! We bring together experts in diverse fields, such as population health, health services research, health economics, health equity, community health biostatistics, epidemiology, patient safety and more, to educate our students and work with our communities to improve health and health care in Houston and beyond.
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