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Population Health

Welcome to the Jefferson School of Population Health – the first and only school of its kind in the country!

Established in 2008, we are part of Thomas Jefferson University, a leading academic health center founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1824 as Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College).

We are dedicated to the exploration of policies and forces that define the health and well-being of populations. Our mission is to prepare leaders with global vision to examine the social determinants of health and to evaluate, develop and implement health polices and systems that will improve the health of populations and thereby enhance the quality of life.

We do this by providing exemplary graduate academic programming in population health, public health, health policy, healthcare quality and safety, and health outcomes research. Our educational offerings are enhanced by research, publications and continuing education and professional development offerings in these areas.

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What is Population Health?

In its most fundamental sense, population health is a systematic approach to health care that aims to prevent and cure disease by keeping people healthy. Population health builds on public health foundations by

  • Connecting prevention, wellness and behavioral health science with health care delivery, quality and safety, disease prevention/management and economic issues of value and risk – all in the service of a specific population, be it a city, provider’s practice, employee group, hospital’s primary service area or pre-school children.  
  • Identifying socio-economic and cultural factors that determine the health of populations and developing policies that address the impact of these determinants. 
  • Applying epidemiology and biostatistics in new ways to model disease states, map their incidence and predict their impact.


  • Using data analysis to design social and community interventions and new models of healthcare delivery that stress care coordination and ease of accessibility.

When applied to healthcare delivery, population health differs from conventional health care by emphasizing value rather than volume of services rendered.


Conventional Healthcare


Population Health


  • Curing disease
  • Preventing disease
  • Keeping people healthy and well


  • Diagnosis, treatment & cure
  • Physician’s Expertise
  • Unlimited access to healthcare*
    *if you can afford it
  • Prevention of disease
  • Emphasis on wellness
  • Timely, high-quality cost-effective care
  • Agency and self-efficacy
  • Coordinated care/Medical home


  • Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Fee-for-service
  • Personalized wellness plans
  • Community engagement & prevention
  • Global payments
  • Shared health information


  • Cost
  • Continuity of care
  • Lack of access
  • Administrative burdens
  • Limited patient contact
  • Implementation cost
  • Politics


  • Greater autonomy
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Evidence-based/personalized medicine
  • Increased quality/reduction of errors


  • System “rescues” patients
  • Doctor center of authority
  • Patient responsible for health/wellness
  • Doctor is center of care team

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

Philadelphia College of Medicine Signs Affiliation Agreement with Jefferson


Members of Philadelphia College of Medicine (PCOM) faculty and staff recently met with representatives from Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health to sign an agreement that will allow DO students the opportunity to receive a Masters of Public Health degree from Jefferson while completing their coursework at PCOM. Read more ...