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Program Director's Welcome

Welcome to the education programs website of the Department of Population Health Science at the John D. Bower School of Population Health. We are delighted about your interest in our graduate programs and will be glad to receive inquiries from prospective students and collaborators.

Dr. Victoria Gholar

What an exciting time to work and train in population health! With the U.S. health care system now consuming $3.5 trillion annually and continuing to deliver sub-optimal outcomes, there is a growing yearning by all stakeholders for significant reforms with the goal of achieving the triple aim of improved population health, reduced per capita expenditure on health care, and improved patient experience of health care. It is logical to assume that we first need to understand population health in order to improve it.

What then is population health? Why is it that the Unites States far outspends every other country on health care, yet has subpar outcomes on many health measures compared to its peers? What will it take to improve health outcomes and reduce socioeconomic and racial/ethnic health disparities? How can we improve population health when most of the dollars for health are spent on health care? How do we improve outcomes when the top causes of death and disability today do not have easily applicable fixes like vaccines and antibiotics? These are the type of questions that population health scientists seek to answer, and why we have built timely, highly innovative, and forward-thinking graduate programs in the evolving field. Whether you are a fresh graduate or an experienced professional looking for research-based or applied training in population health, we have the right program.

Check out our Master of Science in Population Health Science, Executive Master of Science in Population Health Management, and Ph.D. in Population Health Science degree programs.

The Department also grants a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Population Health Science.

Please reach out to us with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Victoria Gholar, DNP, RN, PMH-BC
Program Director, Certificate in Population Health Science, and Executive MS in Population Health Management