Our Harvard-appointed faculty use our position within both a medical school and a health plan to conduct research to identify effective interventions and systems of care that can improve health care delivery, inform and enhance prevention efforts, evaluate and inform health care policy, and contribute to public health. Our research spans many axes: from prenatal care to palliative care; from ambulatory clinics to intensive care units; and from policy to practice. Although faculty research interests are diverse, the common thread of all of our work is a focus on population health. This big-picture perspective connects individual care to wider systems of care to improve health across the country and the world.

Our research is focused in the following areas:

  • Comparative effectiveness - Which strategies are best to optimize outcomes for individuals and populations?
  • Delivery systems - How best to improve clinical care processes and outcomes?
  • Prevention - How to modify the risk of acquiring diseases and/or to prevent their secondary consequences?
  • Policy - What is the impact of different approaches to health policy, financing or administering health care insurance?
  • Surveillance and public health - How can health care data be used to support public health?

Research Divisions

Our research faculty members are aligned with one or more research divisions.


The Biostatistics division is the home for statistical consultation and research at DPM. The group collaborates widely on causal inference, observational epidemiology, bioinformatics, microsimulation, statistical software and graphics, and general statistical applications.

Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP)
The CHeRP division leads population-based research in pediatrics. Its work in asthma, childhood infections, vaccines, and health policy has directly shaped national policy recommendations in these areas.


Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse (CoRAL)
The CoRAL division focuses on developing innovative interventions and generating new knowledge regarding the origins of chronic disease, obesity, and consequences through the lifecourse.


Health Policy and Insurance Research (HPI)
HPI research areas include understanding effects of high-cost medical care, pharmaceutical policies, health insurance innovations, personalized medicine, delivery system changes, behavioral interventions, and cost-quality trade-offs. 


Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (TIDE)
TIDE assesses the safety of medical products, novel methods for illness surveillance and control of both healthcare and community acquired infections.

Centers of Excellence

We’re also home to three Centers of Excellence. These centers’ primary purpose is to foster intellectual collaboration among faculty across Divisions that have shared research interests, and to promote the expertise of these individuals to the outside world.

Center for Cancer Policy and Program Evaluation (CarPE)
CarPE conducts collaborative research on cancer control in the U.S. and international health systems. 


China Program for Health Innovation and Transformation
The China Program promotes research and education on population health and sustainable healthcare in China through innovation, collaboration, and transformation.


PRecisiOn Medicine Translational Research (PROMoTeR)
PROMoTeR works to improve individual and population health outcomes by advancing precision medicine research and integrating use of genomic information into clinical care.