The population health science program at SIU School of Medicine is broadly defined as an evidence-based program of research that is intended to improve the health of the people in the central and southern Illinois region. Population health science seeks to define optimal approaches to the prevention and treatment of disease, including cancer, and disseminate these interventions to populations at large. Toward this end, the program will focus on three major themes:
- identifying disease risk
- reducing health disparities
- promoting community and public health, particularly among high-risk and underserved populations
The program intends to connect faculty from SIU School of Medicine and affiliated institutions who are interested in population health science research. The program will establish a range of faculty and staff expertise to enhance our understanding of the health of the population served by the School of Medicine, incorporating disciplines such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health communications, health services research, social sciences, public policy, and others.Temporarily housed in the Center for Clinical Research, the program will promote collaboration with laboratory scientists and clinical researchers across disease areas and institutions to bridge knowledge gaps, share methodological expertise, and stimulate translational science. Creating a critical mass of faculty investigators in population health science is another core part of the program’s mission.
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