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John D. Bower School of Population Health

Welcome to the John D. Bower School of Population Health. Our mission is to educate leaders who will transform health care delivery and the health of Mississippians. Our innovative academic infrastructure is designed to train population health scientists and clinicians to conduct pioneering population-based research and provide value-driven, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex system.

One of only three schools of population health in the United States, the school has been designed to complement, strengthen and extend the capacity for scholarship across UMMC. We assist in achieving the institutional missions by supporting rigorous approaches to investigation and education in the areas of patient outcomes, quality, new business and financial models, and health care delivery.

The Bower School of Population Health positions UMMC to be a value-driven organization that can lead health care transformation, scholarship and implementation for the future.

The Bower School of Population Health will serve an important role in accomplishing the mission of UMMC by:

  • Educating future researchers and clinicians in the science of population health. Graduates of the School of Population Health will be expected to assume academic, administrative and clinical roles in health care, population health, academia and private industry. They will help shape the provision of health care, population health, and public health services in the state in the coming decades and thereby improve the health of Mississippians.
  • Contributing to the UMMC clinical enterprise through the development and implementation of healthcare quality improvement interventions, developing creative approaches for identifying and intervening with high risk patient populations and developing programs to reduce health disparities.
  • Conducting transformative population health-related research studies that contribute to the scholarly enterprise of UMMC, support the clinical mission through the implementation of cost-effective, population health management initiatives, and research studies that positively impact the population-level health status of Mississippians.

What is the John D. Bower School of Population Health? Watch to learn more about our vision.

Data Science

The Department of Data Science provides cutting-edge biostatistical and information science expertise to collaborators at UMMC. The department promotes the highest standards in research and education by providing consummate biostatistical expertise to collaborators and scholars towards translating data into evidence and answers.


Preventive Medicine

The department of Preventive Medicine focuses on Educating and training health professionals in the science and practice of disease prevention and health promotion for both individuals and populations; Conducting impactful research that will guide efforts to improve the health of individuals and populations; Providing clinical services that will assist individuals in preventing disease and optimizing health.


Population Health Science

The Department of Population Health Science was approved as an academic unit in April 2016. Departmental operations will begin in January 2018. Continue to check this website for more information.