Department of Health Metrics Sciences


Chris Murray Teaching

Mission Statement
The Department of Health Metrics Sciences aspires to improve the health of the world’s populations by developing and applying innovative data science to health challenges and training the next generation of exceptional, innovative and diverse leaders and scientists in health metrics.

Established on July 1, 2018, the Department of Health Metrics Sciences (HMS) is the world’s first academic department devoted to the science of health metrics.

Health metrics sciences is an integrated scientific field that is interdisciplinary, bringing together notions, methods, and techniques from statistics, demography, epidemiology, economics, and other social sciences aimed at providing rigorous measurement, using tested and high-performing instruments, to produce indicators that provide the empirical basis to understand the levels, relationships, and trends amongst health outcomes, drivers, and systems.  It is a field that relies upon specialized knowledge and is deeply driven by data analysis.

Through broad collaborations across the UW’s schools and departments, other universities globally, as well as local and national governments and international organizations, the department will support the University’s Population Health Initiative, announced in 2016 by President Ana Mari Cauce. The initiative is defined by three major pillars — human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity — on the local, national and global levels.