Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

Department of Population Medicine and office of Sponsored Programs

Who we are

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (HPHCI) houses the Harvard Medical School Department of Population Medicine, an appointing department of the medical school, and the Office of Sponsored Programs. Its mission is to improve health care delivery and population health through innovative research and teaching. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) includes sponsored programs management and research compliance, and serves faculty and student investigators in all aspects of pre- and post-award administration.

What we do

The Institute uses its unique position within both a medical school and a health plan to conduct research that seeks to identify effective interventions and systems of care that can improve health care delivery, inform and enhance prevention efforts, evaluate and inform health care policy, and contribute to public health. DPM’s research spans many axes: from prenatal care to palliative care; from primary care clinics to hospitals; and from preventive services to acute care to chronic illness management.

Areas of Concentration

Comparative effectiveness research

Which strategies are best to optimize outcomes for individuals and populations?

Delivery systems-based research

How best to improve clinical care processes and outcomes?

Prevention research

How to modify the risk of acquiring diseases and/or to prevent their secondary consequences?

Policy research

What is the impact of different approaches to health policy, financing, or administering health care insurance?

Surveillance and public health research

How can health care data be used to support public health?

Core Mission

The core mission of our Department also includes educational programs that leverage the Department's unique strengths to train medical students, residents, and health services researchers to improve the health of populations through clinical care, research, and delivery system and health policy leadership.

Teaching Activities

Teaching activities include leadership of Harvard Medical School’s required Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health 4 year longitudinal component, participation in a primary care residency training program, participation in the Harvard University PhD Program in Health Policy, leadership of a fellowship in Health Policy and Insurance Research, and participation in Harvard-wide fellowships in General Internal Medicine and Pediatric Health Services Research.

Our Research Programs

With over 200 employees including core faculty members and PhD Research Scientists, the Institute is organized into several Research Divisions and Centers of Excellence:

Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP)

CHeRP leads population-based research in pediatrics. Its work in asthma, childhood infections, vaccines, and health policy has directly shaped national policy recommendations in these areas.

Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse (CoRAL)

CoRAL focuses on developing innovative interventions and generating new knowledge regarding the origins of chronic disease, obesity, and consequences through the life course.

Health Policy and Insurance Research (HPI)

HPI research areas include understanding effects of high-cost medical care, pharmaceutical policies, health insurance innovations, personalized medicine, delivery system changes, behavioral interventions, and cost-quality trade-offs.

Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (TIDE)

TIDE assesses the safety of medical products, novel methods for illness surveillance and control of both healthcare and community acquired infections.

Biostatistics Center

The Biostatistics Center is the home for statistical consultation and research at DPM. The group collaborates widely in the department on causal inference, observational epidemiology, bioinformatics, microsimulation, statistical software and graphics, and general statistical applications.

The Department is also home to two cross-cutting research programs involving collaborations with local institutions and national data networks, in Cancer Policy and Program Evaluation and Precision Medicine.

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