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About HSPop

The Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) prepares future health practitioners, managers, and researchers to conduct the unfinished work of improving the well-being of communities in the United States and throughout the world. We envision a future where systems effectively, efficiently, and equitably promote the health of all populations. We are committed to working with partners in public health and health care to prepare leaders, design solutions, and conduct innovative research that is translated into practice and policy.


We are housed in the University of Washington School of Public Health, ranked seventh in the nation in the most recent US News & World Report survey of graduate schools of public health, and third among publicly funded schools of public health.

Department Leadership

India J. Ornelas
Acting Chair
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Linda Ko
Associate Chair for Research
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Jo Gallaugher
Director of Business & Management Strategy/Department Administrator

Donna Porter
Associate Director for Academic Programs


There are approximately 55 faculty in the department. Additionally, more than 300 health professionals and researchers hold adjunct, clinical, and affiliate appointments.


Faculty research is highly interdisciplinary and encompasses a broad range of topics, including population health and health care, cancer prevention and control, quality improvement, chronic disease, health disparities and the social determinants of health, community-based interventions, health policy, maternal and child health, health economics, decision-making in health and health care, program evaluation, health behavior and health promotion, outcomes research, health information management, social epidemiology, and nutrition.

HSPop faculty and students conduct research in our department's research and practice centers/programs.

Degree and Certificate Programs

We train students for influential careers in health systems management, education, program design and evaluation, health promotion, public health practice, research, advocacy and policy analysis. Leading-edge student experience includes addressing real-world problems, helping communities reduce health disparities, and supporting local and national health organizations in improving population health.

Health Systems and Population Health offers nine academic degree programs, including undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs.

We also offer certificate programs for graduate students and working professionals.