The Department of Population Medicine (DPM) resides within the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and is an appointing department of Harvard Medical School.  

DPM's core mission is to improve health care delivery and population health through innovative research and teaching.


DPM Research Study Receives Prestigious National Honor

The Institute received one of only three national Distinguished Clinical Research Awards given this year by the Clinical Research Forum.  Led at DPM by Dr. Richard Platt, the study on antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals showed that using antimicrobial soap and ointment on all intensive care patients significantly cuts bloodstream infection. The winning projects represent outstanding examples of research projects that benefit the health and wellbeing of the general public.

Recent news

Mar 27 2014A Health Insurance Fine on Obesity: Ineffective and Discriminatory

The Affordable Care Act has a provision that allows employers to increase the amount that they can charge employees for health insurance -- up to 30% of premiums – for "lifestyle" conditions, such as being overweight.

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Mar 25 2014Fish Intake – Risk or Benefit?

A recent NY Times blog examines the pros and cons of fish intake and cites research studies from the DPM and other organizations.

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Mar 18 2014Alternatives to Hospitalization for Frail Elders

In a commentary published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Muriel Gillick, MD discusses the dangers of hospitalization for the frail elderly and describes some viable alternatives to in-patient hospital care. 

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