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The Section of Population Health leads a broad range of global research efforts , with work spanning across the globe. Our faculty hold dual and adjunct positions in the Departments of Health ServicesHealth Metrics SciencesGlobal Health, and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. We partner with other UW faculty outside of emergency medicine, as well as external institutions to develop and maintain cross-disciplinary and innovative research. Our work encompasses a variety of topics ranging from clinical topics such as HIV to health systems research around ED utilization.

Dr. Kelli O'Laughlin and Others Tracking COVID-19 Symptom Presentations

A living systematic review and meta-analysis of symptoms.


Education in Resource-limited Settings

Our Emergency Medicine (EM) faculty collaborate with numerous organizations around the world to create and disseminate educational programs related to acute and emergent care. Among our many projects is an ongoing partnership with Dr. Sachita Shah and Partners in Health, a non-profit focused on bringing medicine to those most in need, in which faculty and fellows teach point of care ultrasound and the care of acutely ill patients.  Additionally, we are currently working with Health Frontiers and the Laos Ministry of Health and Education to establish the first emergency medicine residency program in Laos.

Partners in Health

Partners In Health is a social justice organization driven by the uncompromising belief that everyone, especially those most in need, deserves the right to health care.

Environmental Health

Climate change can have devastating impacts on health care and systems. Faculty like Dr. Jeremy Hess are examining the efficacy of early warning systems, heat exposure and health, as well as environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation in health care. Dr. Hess is senior author of a global climate report released on 11/28/2018, which focuses on serious threats and opportunities posed by climate change to health, productivity, and livelihoods of Americans.

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

Dr. Jeremy Hess co-authored a report for the 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: "Ensuring That the Health of a Child Born Today is Not Defined by a Changing Climate."

Development and Evaluation of Health Systems

EM faculty engage in the evaluation of health systems and programs worldwide. In collaboration with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Dr. Herbie Duber’s current work includes a Medtronic Foundation funded project to evaluate systems of care to improve outcomes from STEMI in India and China, as well as a prospective evaluation of the Global Fund in Guatemala, DRC and Uganda. Our faculty also participate in program evaluation and implementation for a variety of disease-specific initiatives including trauma, cardiovascular disease, and communicable diseases.

Humanitarian Emergencies

Dr. Jeremy Hess collaborates with the Department of Global Health to study disease surveillance, health policy, health system preparedness and the impacts of humanitarian emergencies on health.

Dr. David Townes works with the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) focused on internally displaced persons in Syria.

Faculty, like Dr. Stephen Morris, also serve on a number of international disaster teams that respond globally to humanitarian and other emergencies.


Our research has been funded by a variety of other governmental, foundation, and private funding sources, including:

university of washington school of medicine department of emergency medicine

Population Health Grants

Recent grant awards for Population Health.

university of washington school of medicine department of emergency medicine

Population Health Publications

Recent publications and presentations from Population Health.