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OVERVIEW

The Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences exists to equip tomorrow’s doctors with the knowledge, vision, and tools to be agents of change, who make communities healthier and our health system more effective, efficient, and equitable.

We connect courses and schools of thought so that students understand the biomedical, behavioral, social, and political factors influencing health. Our educational content is designed to stimulate conversation and action outside of the classroom, in pursuit of individual and system improvement.

"Why treat people and send them back to the conditions that made them sick?"
- Michael Marmont, M.D., Author of “The Health Gap”

Our health care system needs new ideas, and we believe that diverse perspectives make these ideas better. We encourage everyone to bring their ideas and whole selves to work, class and projects.

Through interdisciplinary scholarship, education, and engagement, our work addresses pressing needs that exist in the Greater Houston area and leads to healthier communities.

 

Focus Areas



We have a duty to think about what our medical school will contribute to this community. Does our work provide a benefit to Houston and to our neighbors? In my research, I studied social accountability as a theoretical framework, and when I saw the UH College of Medicine mission, I thought, 'This school will make social accountability come alive.'

- Winston Liaw, M.D., M.P.H., Chair, Health Systems & Population Health Sciences

Research & Community Engagement

Departmental faculty work with community stakeholders and organizations to address issues relevant to communities in the Greater Houston area.

Our work helps patients receive the right care, at the right time, at the right place. We are on a mission to break down ineffective, inequitable, and inefficient cycles of health by creating new paths that are built on a foundation of scientific evidence – research and data – and guided by communities.

We believe that we can do more together than we can separately.

What we study:

  • Health equity
  • Substance use
  • Homelessness
  • Loneliness
  • Health-harming legal needs
  • Clinician burnout
  • Value in health care
  • Health informatics and artificial intelligence

Who We Are



 

Winston Liaw, M.D., M.P.H.

Chair, Health Systems & Population Health Sciences
wliaw@central.uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-9862

 

Vision, Values and Missions

The Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences seeks to break ineffective, inequitable, and inefficient cycles of health by creating new paths that are built on a foundation of evidence and guided by communities.

Meet the Team

We are home to the Pop Stars! We bring together experts in diverse fields, such as population health, health services research, health economics, health equity, community health biostatistics, epidemiology, patient safety and more, to educate our students and work with our communities to improve health and health care in Houston and beyond.

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News

  • Poverty, Racism and the Public Health Crisis in America - University of Houston (uh.edu)

    Although extreme poverty in the United States is low by global standards, the U.S. has the worst index of health and social problems as a function of income inequality. In a newly published article, Bettina Beech, clinical professor of population health in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine and chief population health officer at UH, examines poverty and racism as factors influencing health. 
  • Mentoring Program to Bolster Diverse Biomedical Research Workforce

    Numerous reports have called for new interventions to prevent obesity and mitigate the current high rates of obesity and their projected rise. To achieve this goal, a diverse biomedical workforce in the United States is needed, and the need is particularly pronounced among individuals from underrepresented groups. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health has called for programs to develop and sustain the diversity of a scientific workforce capable of accomplishing this mission.
  • Humana, University of Houston started a pop-health-focused med school 2 years ago. Then COVID-19 hit

    Two years ago, Humana invested $15 million into a new medical school at the University of Houston (UH) that’s focused integrating population health into medical education. Now, it’s seeing some of the early fruits of that labor, according to a new report. Since December 2018, the Humana Integrated Health Systems Science Institute at UH has kick-started more than 15 programs and provided 10,000 hours of interdisciplinary medical education to 6,000 people including UH students, faculty, staff and Humana associates.

Contact us

Department Contact Information

Monica McKey
Executive Health Care Administrative Assistant
Email: mmmckey@central.uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4999