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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

  • Faculty member Linda Ko is combatting obesity by inspiring healthy lifestyle habits in rural school systems

    Faculty member Linda Ko is combatting obesity by inspiring healthy lifestyle habits in rural school systems

    There are both regional and ethnic disparities in childhood obesity. While Linda Ko’s research team set out to understand why childhood obesity in rural Latino communities is so prevalent, they also partnered with the Yakima community find strategies to prevent it.

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  • New grant to boost cancer screening among limited English-proficient populations

    New grant to boost cancer screening among limited English-proficient populations

    Linda Ko, a cancer prevention and control investigator at UW HPRC, has received a $250,000 grant to increase cancer screening among limited English-proficient populations by building the capacity of community health workers to select, adapt, and implement evidence-based interventions for cancer prevention and control.

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  • Faculty member Stephen Bezruchka publishes book about how inequality in the U.S. leads to poor health

    Faculty member Stephen Bezruchka publishes book about how inequality in the U.S. leads to poor health

    Associate teaching professor emeritus examines the contradiction of U.S. spending on health care vs life expectancy in his new book, “Inequality Kills Us All: COVID-19’s Health Lessons for the World.”

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  • Sweetened beverage taxes produce net economic benefits for lower-income communities

    Sweetened beverage taxes produce net economic benefits for lower-income communities

    New research from faculty within HSPop examines the economic equity impacts of sweetened beverage taxes in three cities — Seattle, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

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  • Evaluating a free meal program for U.S. schools 

    Evaluating a free meal program for U.S. schools 

    Jessica Jones-Smith and her team are hoping to better understand the effects of a free meals policy on child obesity, as well as estimate the policy’s effect on population-level obesity disparities by race, ethnicity, and income.

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More Projects and Findings

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