UW Research

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation



Our mission is to improve the health of the world’s populations by providing the best information on population health.

Core Services Offered

IHME’s four research areas:

1) Measuring Health: To better understand the current state of population health, IHME provides rigorous, comparable, and current scientific measurement of trends in diseases, injuries, risk factors, and death, analyzing data across countries and over time. Decision-makers need to know what is making people sick in order to design appropriate prevention programs and to best target the delivery of drugs, vaccines, and other interventions.

2) Tracking Performance: We assess the impact of policies and interventions as well as overall health system performance to understand the progress being made in health. We also analyze health financing by studying development assistance for health, government health spending, private health expenditures, and the costs of services, including hospitals and community health clinics.

3) Maximizing Impact: IHME provides decision-makers with timely, comparable, and forward-looking information to inform choices about policies and funding – especially in countries with scarce resources. We measure health disparities among different groups and identify challenges to delivering health care. We also estimate the cost-effectiveness of health programs and analyze constraints on scaling up interventions.

4) Innovative Measurement Systems: We develop new analytical methods and computer software to remove barriers that prevent the detailed analysis of health trends. These innovative approaches allow us to harness the value from existing health data by correcting for errors and filling in gaps in the data. We use existing patterns in the data to arrive at local estimates of key national-level indicators. To improve the quality of the data collected, we create and disseminate new surveys, survey techniques, and health information systems that can be adapted to an array of settings.
Education and Training: We work to advance the intellectual capacity of the health metrics and evaluation field and the technical expertise of policymakers, professionals, and scholars involved in global health through world-class fellowship programs, courses, academic degrees, and public workshops.

5) Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx): We have developed a web-based platform with a public and an internal interface. External users will have access to a comprehensive catalog of all health-related datasets known to us and be able to download public datasets.

Funding Information

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
State of Washington
National Institutes of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Gates Foundation core grant 2007-2017

Reporting Structure

Paul Ramsey, Dean, School of Medicine
Howard Frumkin, Dean, School of Public Health

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College of Engineering: Department of Bioengineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
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