Department of Population Health

The Department of Population Health was formed on July 1, 2019, upon the merger of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Health Policy and Management.  Our department, with faculty on all three campuses of the Kansas University Medical Center (Kansas City, Wichita and Salina), is focused on improving health and reducing health inequities for all people in Kansas.  We think that the health of our communities is best served by integrating our efforts to improve public health with efforts to improve health systems, health policies, and health care delivery.  We seek to understand the complex interplay of behavioral health and social determinants of health and identify the way these underlying determinants influence the delivery of health care services.  We try to find ways in which health systems and health policies can better respond to the needs of the communities they serve. 


Faculty and staff in the Department of Population Health are dedicated to offering degree programs to future public health practitioners, health service leaders and clinical researchers.  The department provides the following degree programs:


Department of Population Health faculty reflect the multidisciplinary scope of health practices and represent a variety of academic disciplines.  Current research includes:

  • Tobacco Control
  • Cancer Screening and Prevention
  • Obesity
  • Health Services Research
  • Epidemiology


Through strong partnerships with community organizations, government agencies, health care systems and other stakeholders, our more than 90 faculty and staff seek to address some of the most critical threats to the health of our communities, including tobacco, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Our diverse faculty bring expertise in psychology, sociology, epidemiology, economics, statistics, demography, anthropology, implementation science, public health, and health care delivery, allowing us to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling health concerns, particularly those concerns that disproportionately affect rural, incarcerated, Native American, African American, and Latino communities.  Learn more.