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Division Chief's Message

Welcome to the Division of Health Informatics and Implementation Science in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School!

We are committed to the Department's mission: to advance science and improve population health. We pursue the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of health informatics and implementation science. Our work focuses on clinical research informatics, consumer health informatics, public health informatics, and the translation of evidence into practice. Our goal is to achieve sustained improvements in health outcomes.

Our research funding portfolio has included intramural grants and extramural grants from NIH, AHRQ, PCORI, VA QUERI, and others. Our faculty have affiliations with neighboring organizations, including the VA (Bedford and Central Western Mass), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, UMass Amherst School of Computer Science, and Boston University. 

Division researchers have expertise in:

  • Implementing and evaluating interventions that engage individuals, families, health organizations, and community stakeholders in promoting healthy behaviors --- ranging from pilot studies to randomized controlled trials.
  • Recruiting and retaining diverse and underserved populations, utilizing community-based strategies and social media.
  • Integrating and analyzing various data, such as from electronic health records, to answer questions in healthcare, improve clinical workflow, and influence policy.
  • Utilizing state-of-the-art methods including machine learning (deep learning) and natural language processing.
  • Investigating the use of mobile health technologies, including smartphone apps, text messaging, and wearable technologies.

We are also dedicated to training the next generation of research scientists. We value mentorship and collaboration across UMass Medical School to continually bring innovative ideas and novel directions to our work.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve health, enhance healthcare delivery, and reduce health disparities through biomedical research in health informatics and implementation science. 

We use state-of-the-art methods and technologies for the acquisition, processing, and study of health-related data, and translate discovered evidence into practice.

We improve health through data and technology, and study how we do it.

Vision Statement

The Division of Health Informatics and Implementation Science is recognized as a leading academic division in both health informatics and implementation science. 

The division is a leading academic environment that cultivates training and research in health informatics and its translation into practice and real-world settings.

Our research changes practice, makes communities healthier, and supports everyone having the opportunity to attain their full health potential.