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Improving the Health of Populations through Science and Innovation

Population health science requires scientists from different disciplinary backgrounds to combine their knowledge and expertise to answer questions that individual disciplines alone cannot. The Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) was founded to bring them all together. Learn More | Donate | Join

Map of US Lifespans

For U.S. women, how long you live depends on where you live.
Courtesy of Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

America’s Health Gap

How do we improve health and reduce health disparities?

The odds of a long and healthy life are unequal in America. In 2010, life expectancy for women living in Marin County, California was 85 years. For women from Perry, Kentucky, it was 73 – a full 12 years less. The odds of premature death, disability, and disease are greater for Americans who are poor or black or American Indian. Even the best off Americans, however, fare worse on some health outcomes than their European counterparts.

Can we do better? The Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) believes we can.

News & Events


The latest news, research, and commentary about population health and population health science.

How Does Institutional Change Produce Health Disparities?

By | September 5th, 2017|

In April, Mark Hayward, Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, gave the prestigious Matilda White Riley Excellence Lecture at the National Institutes of Health.  His talk focused on the need to understand how institutional change shapes the evolution of health disparities and the specific forms they take.   Dr. Christine Bachrach interviewed Mark, a former member of the IAPHS Board, about how his ideas have evolved.




october 2017

02oct(oct 2)12:00 pm04(oct 4)2:00 pm3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Population Health Research Conference: Improving Population Health: Now, Across People’s Lives, and Across Generations to Come


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