Public Health Sciences Research

The Division of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Surgery conducts world-leading research, education and outreach to prevent cancer and other diseases, promote population health, and improve quality and access to health care in Missouri and beyond. The division is led by Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, an internationally recognized leader in cancer prevention. Current faculty includes epidemiologists, statisticians, behavioral scientists, economists, health communication scientists and more, who address a range of population health challenges.

Many surgery residents collaborate with division faculty on projects that affect strategies in clinical care and outcomes. Research projects range from those focused on eliminating health disparities in Missouri and the region, to conducting health services and comparative effectiveness research, to improving service delivery, to measuring outcomes for cancer survivors and other patient groups after major clinical or disease events. The division also provides a home for the Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS), a degree program for clinicians who seek training in population-based clinical outcomes research methods. Residents are encouraged to contact division leadership to explore opportunities to lead and collaborate on research projects within the division.