Department of Community Medicine and Population Health

The mission of the Department of Community Medicine and Population Health is to foster student-centered learning for early and advanced students in medicine and other health professions as well as for practicing health professionals; to conduct applied, evidence-based research in population health; and to improve health and well-being through community engagement in rural and other underserved areas.

In the Department of Community Medicine and Population Health, students learn about the various types of health determinants and how to improve the well-being of individuals and populations. Our courses are designed to help develop new knowledge and skills necessary to study and improve patient-reported outcomes, investigate policies related to health, examine social determinants of health, and transition to value-based payment models. Additionally, our program emphasizes using a community-based approach to improve population health. We provide students with the advanced statistical skills needed for a successful research career in population health data analysis and informatics. 

The master's program in Population Health Sciences trains students on the integration of clinical care and public health practices to prevent, reduce and manage human disease.


Professor and Chair
  • Martha R. Crowther, PhD, MPH
  • Pamela Payne-Foster, MD, MPH
  • John Higginbotham, PhD, MPH
  • Lisle Hites, PhD, MEd, MS
Associate professors
  • Antonio Gardner, PhD, MS
  • Lea Yerby, PhD
  • Mercedes Morales-Aleman, PhD
Assistant professors
  • Lilanta Bradley, PhD, MFT
  • Abbey Gregg, PhD, MPH
  • Randi Henderson-Mitchell, PhD, MBA
  • Maryam Jafari Bidgoli, PhD
  • Yuhui Yao, PhD


Essentials of Population Health

An introductory graduate level course designed to teach learners to examine health issues from a population health perspective.

Health Policy & Planning

Designed to assist the student in understanding the planning process and factors that influence and determine policy decisions.

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