Population Health

Historic investment in IHME to improve population health

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in UW Medicine will expand its work over the next decade thanks to a $279 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

IHME provides independent health evidence to policymakers, practitioners and communities in order to find solutions to population health challenges.
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Population Health Initiative

At the University of Washington, we believe improving population health worldwide is a moral imperative, driven by our public mission of service to all.

That is why President Ana Mari Cauce has brought together the University community and others to create a groundbreaking initiative that will develop the UW’s 25-year vision to advance the health of people around the world by leveraging capabilities and opportunities at the UW and beyond.

Together, we can ensure that every individual — whether in the Pacific Northwest or in the poorest countries of the world — has the chance for a truly boundless future.

Reimagining population health through global partnership

We will be hosting a satellite session on April 6, 2017 prior to the start of the 8th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference in Washington, DC. Through this session, we are seeking to build a team of committed, invested, and creative partners who will elevate the health and well-being of communities all around the world. Learn More >

Areas of focus

Learn about the five areas of focus for the Population Health Initiative as well as the projects we are currently undertaking.

Create the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers by developing collaborative, innovative educational opportunities.


Identify pressing health needs by strengthening our ability to extract knowledge from data by drawing on data science and field research.

Dr. Victor Gura, left, demonstrates the wearable kidney with John Kundzins at the Kidney Research Institute Friday September 6, 2014. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)

Develop, field and assess new interventions, processes and organizational mechanisms.


Deliver effective interventions with greater speed, efficiency and quality.

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology.

Empower citizens, governments, industry and donors with evidence, tools and decision-making support.


Recommendations for the initiative’s initial bodies of work have been announced, with specific projects to begin in 2017.

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