SU’s research cluster initiative is designed to bring together faculty across multiple disciplinary and methodological approaches to understand and address pressing societal challenges. The Population Health Subcluster is a component of the larger cluster in Aging, Health, and Neuroscience and is comprised of faculty affiliates in the Lerner Center and the Aging Studies Institute.
The population health approach recognizes that multiple conditions and factors – biological, behavioral, economic, social, environmental, health care system, geographic, historical, and policy – interact to influence the health of populations over the life course, identifies systematic variation in their distribution and patterns of occurrence, and applies the resulting knowledge to develop and implement policies and actions to improve population health and well-being.
There are multiple enduring and emerging population health challenges in the U.S. and globally. Challenges include population aging, the health effects of climate change, the rise and spread of new infectious diseases and behavioral health epidemics, weak infrastructures to deal with these challenges, and policy failures that have driven poor health outcomes and disparities.
The Population Health Subcluster aims to facilitate the development of high-impact fundable research; foster multidisciplinary collaborations; provide undergraduate and graduate training in population health theory, methods, and research; and encourage and facilitate the distribution of population health research findings to public and policy audiences.
Population Health Subcluster Faculty
- Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Professor of Economics
- Colleen Heflin, Professor and Chair of Public Administration and International Affairs
- Bryce Hruska, Assistant Professor of Public Health
- Jennifer Karas Montez, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies
- Scott Landes, Associate Professor of Sociology
- Andrew London, Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology
- Miriam Mutambudzi, Assistant Professor of Public Health
- Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, Director of the Center for Policy Research, and Professor of Sociology, Population Health Subcluster Lead
- Merril Silverstein, Professor of Sociology and Human Development and Family Science
- Amy Schwartz, Professor of Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs
- Janet Wilmoth, Professor and Chair of Sociology, AHN Cluster Lead
- Douglas Wolf, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs