The institute serves as a focal point for applied public health and health policy within the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health as well as a bridge to public health and health policy practitioners in the state.

The institute has 7 main values:

  • Action – support action based on research and data
  • Equity – advance initiatives that ensure all people have the opportunity to achieve their full health potential
  • Excellence – uphold a commitment to excellence and continuous quality improvement
  • Collaboration – work in diverse partnerships, respecting and drawing upon the strengths and assets that partners bring
  • Creativity – seek out innovative and pragmatic solutions
  • Curiosity – foster knowledge exchange across sectors
  • Influence – leverage the assets of the University in service to the greater community

Population Health Institute Programs

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. We believe America can become a nation where getting healthy, staying healthy, and making sure our children grow up healthy are top priorities. We have a vision of an America where we all strive together to build a national Culture of Health that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthy lives, now and for generations to come.

Evaluation research

The evaluation research group works with community and governmental organizations to develop, implement and evaluate their programs. These projects focus on substance abuse prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, school-based health, correctional health and related areas. We use a broad range of methods, from qualitative and descriptive techniques to complex experimental and quasi-experimental trials. We also engage in rigorous intervention research design and evaluation.

Health Policy

The health policy group connects Wisconsin’s leading public and private sector policy makers in the health services arena to high quality research and expertise. Specific program areas include the evaluation of health coverage and financing mechanisms, engagement with private health care providers, purchasers, and advocates to assess and improve quality and reduce the cost of health care, and produce briefings and forums for legislators, executive branch officials and public and private sector decision-leaders on health policy through the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project.

Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health

Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health assesses population health and works with communities to identify opportunities for improving community health and to find and implement evidence-based programs and policies to address these issues. MATCH engages faculty, staff, and graduate students to conduct applied population health research, monitor health and health disparities in communities, and produce seminars, workshops, and applied training and continuing education programs to community and public health practitioners.