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What is Population Health?

What is Population Health? - Departments & Programs, Programs and Initiatives, Population Health


Population health is defined as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.”1

Health systems like ours are best positioned to focus on population health management (also called population medicine), which includes a wide range of clinical care, outreach and partnerships to help manage and improve the health of patient populations.

Several factors affect the health of populations. These factors are outlined in the chart below:

Larger Pop Health Graphic

Population Health policies and programs aim to achieve two main goals:

  1. To improve length and quality of life for a given population
  2. To reduce disparities in length and/or quality of life between different subgroups within a given population

We recognize that in order to achieve these goals, investments must not only be made to improve the quality of medical care, but also to improve the places where we live, work and play.

At UW Health, we’ve developed Population Health Management Programs aimed at improving care delivery and health outcomes for our patients.

We’re also committed to improving health outcomes for the broader community. We aim to improve population health by partnering with community stakeholders to address the many factors that influence health outside of medical care.

1Kindig, DA, Stoddart G. (2003). What is population health? American Journal of Public Health, 93, 366-369.