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The Humana Integrated Health Systems Science Institute focuses on research, education/training, and community engagement. Our mission is to be a leader in health systems science by producing high-impact research to inform policy, innovative inter-professional educational programs that prepare the next generation of health care clinicians, and novel programs that support population health and community transformation, with an emphasis on Houston’s Third Ward and East End. We do this by integrating social and medical data to drive evidence-based practices, test the efficacy of new models in real-world settings, and contribute to the university’s goal to increase research and scholarly output by 50 percent in five years. These activities will compel the health care system to become safer and more effective, efficient, equitable, and person-centered.


Omolola Adepoju, Ph.D., M.P.H.Welcome to the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute!

As a long-time health services researcher, I wanted to share the pivotal role the Humana Institute plays in advancing high impact research that changes policy, creating innovative educational programs that prepare the next generation of health care providers, and designing impactful programs that support community health transformation.

In a time of increasing demand for practitioners to provide more effective, efficient and lower-cost care, public/private partnerships like the Humana Institute are bridging major gaps in the health care system. These interdisciplinary teams leverage the University’s research expertise and the Institute’s partnerships to tackle the most pressing and complex health care problems facing our communities.

Please explore this site to learn more about the important work we do. If you have questions, suggestions or opportunities you’d like to discuss, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at or 713-743-9706.

Omolola E. Adepoju, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Humana Integrated Health Sciences Institute


  • Value-Based Care

    The Humana Institute offers several educational opportunities grounded in Value-Based Care.

  • Health Equity

    We are striving to create a more equitable health care system. Learn more about our efforts and how to participate by clicking here.

  • Workforce Development

    We are partnering with various colleges and organizations to train the next generation of health care workers. Learn more about our opportunities here.

  • Student Opportunities

    The Humana Institute collaborates with researchers from across the University and our external partners to offer our students one of a kind study opportunities.

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