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Population Health

Improving Health and Reducing Health Inequities for All People in Kansas and Beyond...

With faculty and programs on all three campuses of the Kansas University Medical Center, (Kansas City, Wichita and Salina), our department is focused on improving health and reducing health inequities for all people in Kansas and beyond. We think that the health of our communities is best served by integrating our efforts to improve public health with efforts to improve health systems, health policies, and health care delivery. We seek to understand the complex interplay of behavioral and social determinants of health and identify the way these underlying determinants influence the delivery of health care services. We try to find ways in which health systems and health policies can better respond to the needs of the communities they serve.

We offer training in public health through our Masters in Public Health degree, training in health administration with our Master of Health Services Administration degree and translational research through our Master of Science in Clinical Research degree. Our PhD program in Health Policy and Management provides advanced training for talented individuals interested in advancing the science of health care policy and delivery. Students and faculty interact across these programs to create a multi-disciplinary and inclusive learning environment that better prepares students to address the complex needs of our communities.

Through strong partnerships with community organizations, government agencies, health care systems and other stakeholders, our more than 90 faculty and staff seek to address some of the most critical threats to the health of our communities, including tobacco, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Our diverse faculty bring expertise in psychology, sociology, epidemiology, economics, statistics, demography, anthropology, implementation science, public health, and health care delivery, allowing us to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling health concerns, particularly those concerns that disproportionately affect rural, incarcerated, Native American, African American, and Latino communities.

Last modified: Dec 13, 2019
From the Chair

Dr. Ellerbeck

We are proud of our programs and continuously strive to make them better. As you learn more about the KU Department of Population Health, we think you'll appreciate the critical role that public health science plays in our communities. More

Edward F. Ellerbeck, M.D., MPH
Chair, Department of Population Health

Check the KU Medical Center events calendar for upcoming Public Health Grand Rounds and CTSA/CTSR Seminars.