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Welcome to the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

The vision of the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS) is to improve population and individual health by transforming health care delivery through methodological innovation and to become a nationally and internationally recognized resource for translational research. The Department has a three-pronged mission:

  1. to fulfill the quantitative health science needs of the academic medical center as it moves towards its vision of becoming a leader in clinical and translational research;
  2. to train the next generation of scientists that will fulfill the Vision; and
  3. to weave service to the academic medical center into discovery of new approaches to solve the health care needs of the nation and world.

History and Future

The Department Chair, Catarina Kiefe, PhD, MD, and Vice Chair, Jeroan Allison, MD, MScEpi, arrived on the UMMS campus in June 2009. Currently (Summer 2016), we have 38 faculty with a primary appointment in QHS in our 4 Divisions; an additional 24 faculty members from other departments hold secondary appointments in QHS. We project that we will reach a steady state of about 50 primary faculty by the Fall of 2018. 

PQHS faculty are independent investigators, collaborative methodologists, or both. PQHS primary faculty are currently principal investigators on 40 active extramural grants and contracts amounting to a total funding of over $43 million. These include 3 federally funded research centers. During the academic year 2015/16, PQHS primary faculty published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts. The Quantitative Methods Core, a service unit for methodological research support and data management, is housed in QHS. Since its inception in February, 2010 through June, 2011, the Core provided consultation on over 1,300 separate projects to over 400 investigators from 26 (all) Departments and 18 Divisions across the UMMS campus.

The doctoral program in Clinical and Population Health Research is housed in QHS, as is the Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation. These two programs are part of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UMMS; about 80 faculty across UMMS are affiliated with these teaching programs.

The Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences is currently housed in the new Albert Sherman Center. The center is an interdisciplinary state-of-the-art research and education facility that fosters interaction and collaboration among scientists across the entire spectrum of biomedical research.


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