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The faculty and staff of the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) lead and support a broad range of research. Our researchers have a long-standing and successful track record of securing government and private support for projects, ranging in scope from local to regional, state, national, and international.

The HSPop team envisions a future where systems effectively, efficiently and equitably promote the health of all populations. We are committed to engaging in innovative research, working with partners in public health, health care, government at all levels and local communities, and translating the results into practice and policy.

Our Research Areas

Our researchers and their teams lead and support many research areas and interests, including, but not limited to racial and ethnic health equity, gender and sexuality, urban and rural disparities, community-based participatory research, social determinants of health, health promotion, tobacco control, health informatics, workforce health, health care systems, chronic diseases, epidemics and pandemics (such as COVID-19), and cancer prevention and control.

Our Research Centers

The department is home to several public health research centers, each with their own unique focus and contributions to the field.

Our Research Centers

Research Support and Tools

We have support and tools for researchers across the UW School of Public Health, the University of Washington, and/or the country, which can be used to connect with and/or support their partners.

Support and Tools

Faculty Publications

As part of research, faculty members publish their findings in various academic and research journals. These publications help build upon and inform vital public health research, directly impacting the health and well-being of communities.


Our Partnerships

We are committed to producing groundbreaking knowledge in collaboration with partners who will be directly affected by the results of our research. Our researchers frequently work directly with all levels of industry and government, partnering with a wide-variety of organizations and communities.

This is a select sample of our partnerships across the department.

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
  • Regional and local health departments and jurisdictions across the Pacific Northwest
  • Local health clinics
  • Local community organizations who clients and communities are historically underserved because of income, race, ethnicity, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or where they live.

Faculty and students within the department also partner with research centers, groups, and other departments or schools throughout the university for research efforts.