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.


Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP)

Chronic Disease Research Across the Lifecourse (CoRAL)

Health Policy and Insurance Research (HPI)

Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (TIDE)

Centers of Excellence

We’re also home to two 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)

PRecisiOn Medicine Translational Research (PROMoTeR)