Population Health

Public as a philosophy

Our Vision: Healthy people in sustainable communities – locally, nationally, and globally.

UW campus photo by Doug Plummer

Healthy People, Healthy Planet

At the University of Washington, we believe improving population health worldwide is a moral imperative, driven by our public mission of service to all.


Population health has been defined as "the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." It is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of an entire human population. 
Read how scientists define Population Health


"The UW’s Population Health Initiative prioritizes our School’s goals of educating new public health leaders; delivering effective interventions with greater speed, efficiency and quality; creating evidence-based planning tools; and reducing health disparities."

--Interim Dean Joel Kaufman, MD, MPH ’90


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