Population Science and Policy


Welcome to SIU Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy (PSP). Our work expands SIU Medicine’s reach into the spaces where people live, work, learn and play. PSP focuses on improving a community’s social determinants of health through research, intervention and policy change. PSP consists of three divisions: The Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division gathers and analyzes data, Human and Community Development collaborates with communities to identify and implement solutions to improve health through mixed methods research, and Health System Science uses evidence-based research to inform and improve policies that affect the health of populations. PSP is working to move the dial on health in some of Illinois’ unhealthiest communities.

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Population Science and Policy Divisions

The Department of Population Science and Policy is divided into four divisions: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Human and Community Development and Health System Science. Learn more about how we collaborate to improve health in Illinois.

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Making a difference

The Department of Population Science and Policy works within communities to create sustainable change.

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Community Wellness

New aid available to transform health care in underserved communities

In March, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a plan to transform health care in underserved communities, offering support to improve access and collaborations with the goal of greater equity. The

Career Opportunities - Join Our Team

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy (PSP) works to understand the health challenges of people in central and southern Illinois and provides
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SIU System report highlights health care, education and justice-related issues impacting Illinois veterans

Carbondale, IL – The Southern Illinois University System President’s Office released recommendations from its first Veteran’s Summit held last fall in Mt. Vernon. The two-day gathering of education