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Investigators in the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) conduct cutting-edge research across a variety of disciplines. Research topics include health equity, gender and sexuality, urban and rural health 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

  • Stipica Mudrazija illuminates the relationship between health and a strong social safety net

    Stipica Mudrazija illuminates the relationship between health and a strong social safety net

    “Health is not the be-all and end-all, but you cannot do anything without having health…[I’m] interested in studying the well-being of older adults in concentric circles.”

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  • Reducing barriers to medications for opioid use disorder

    Reducing barriers to medications for opioid use disorder

    Through the SUPPORT Center, researchers partnered with clinical leaders to increase opioid-related safety by assisting VA primary caregivers to identify and treat opioid use disorder.

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  • HSPop faculty Gary Chan discusses landmark study to improve AANHPI cardiovascular health and chronic disease data

    HSPop faculty Gary Chan discusses landmark study to improve AANHPI cardiovascular health and chronic disease data

    In a new Q&A with the School of Public Health, Chan shares the importance of this research initiative and its potential public health impact, what is needed to improve health equity among AANHPI populations, and his advice for future public health leaders who want to improve AANHPI health outcomes.

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  • Understanding racial disparities in uterine fibroid care

    Understanding racial disparities in uterine fibroid care

    Compared to other races receiving treatment for fibroids, Black women are more likely to be put through invasive surgeries, yet they still end up having worse outcomes. “One key takeaway from our research is the importance of offering Black veterans multiple treatment options, including fertility-sparing choices,” says Owens.

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  • Teaching the intersection of war and public health

    Teaching the intersection of war and public health

    Professors Amy Hagopian and James Pfeiffer aim to increase awareness and advocacy surrounding war as a public health crisis. Their class War and Public Health explores the intersection of public health and the far-reaching effects of war.

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More Projects and Findings

Students and research centers within our department also conduct their own research projects.