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Population Health Sciences

Chair: Teresa M. Smith, PhD, MS
Co-Chair: Lila J. Finney Rutten, PhD, MPH

Description/Mission Statement

The Population Health Sciences Special Interest Group provides a forum for behavioral researchers interested in or engaged in research focused on multiple determinants of health with an emphasis on social, environmental and organizational influences on health and health-related behavior. Broad areas of research may include but are not limited to the following: translational research focused on developing real-world solutions and policies to improve population health; research focused on informing public health efforts with behavioral science; and secondary analysis of public data resources to examine trends in population health by geographic regions, population subgroups and other socio-environmental factors. Said research may aim to strengthen community data and research capacities, leverage existing healthcare delivery and public health systems and public data resources to build an evidence base to inform efforts to protect health across the nation.