The School of Nursing & Health Studies is conducting a year-long initiative, funded through Georgetown University Medical Center, across all three campuses to support current efforts in population health.The initiative developed and operates this website, which provides information about educational, research and service programs at Georgetown University and offers user-friendly access to datasets, community organizations, partners, and related information. The initiative also organizes a monthly faculty seminar series to engage researchers and stakeholders and offers research assistance support for faculty interested in conducting pilot projects or developing grant or contract applications.
What is Population Health?
Population health research offers a multidisciplinary framework to understand, preserve and improve the health of populations and individuals. To accomplish these goals, population health aims to explore what determines health among groups of people by exploring differences – or disparities – among populations. As the leading expert in the field, Sir Michael Marmot, says, “health inequalities arise from the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age - the social determinants of health”. These social determinants of health include social class, income, education, housing, work, access to green spaces, and experiences of individual or community poverty, discrimination or racism.
The ultimate aim of population health is to improve the health of individuals within specific populations by translating multidisciplinary research into policy and action to reduce health inequalities.
For one of the original papers defining Population Health, please seethe linked AJPH paper by Kindig and Stoddart.