Background and Mission of the Institute
The Institute was established in 1984 and has evolved under various auspices, adopting its current name and structure
as the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) in May of 2005. We serve our mission in pursuit of
the Wisconsin Idea – where boundaries of the University extend to the boundaries of the state, and beyond.
The mission of the Institute is to translate public health and health policy research for policy and practice.
We strive to:
Address a broad range of real world problems of topical importance to government, business,
providers and the public;
Promote partnerships of inquiry between researchers and users of research, breaking down barriers
between the academic community and public and private sector policy makers;
Advance the development of interdisciplinary research, along the spectrum from public health to
health care, at the University of Wisconsin and other academic settings in Wisconsin;
Provide outreach and continuing education for practitioners and opportunities for applied learning
for public health, medical, graduate, and other health professions students;
Contribute to public health and health care practice and policy decision that improve
Wisconsin’s population health; and
Maintain the highest level of relevance, rigor and objectivity.
The Institute’s tag line “translating research for policy and practice” represents an exchange
relationship. Research results from our academic program are communicated to practitioners – their intended
audience. At the same time, the experience, expertise and the needs of public health, policy making, and clinical
practitioners inform our research program.
The Institute serves as the bridge to public health and health care practice in the state through an active community
advisory board, issue briefs and reports, and periodic conferences and educational programs. The Institute also serves
as a focal point for public health and health policy within the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public
Health bringing together faculty, staff, and students interested in applying their skills and experience to answer real
Major Programs and Products
The Evaluation Research group works in partnership with community, tribal and governmental organizations
collaborating through the development, implementation and evaluation stages of their programs.
The Health Policy group connects with Wisconsin's leading public and private sector policy makers in the health
services arena. Programs focus on access, cost, financing, quality and outcomes.
Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health
The MATCH group focuses on assessing population health and working with communities to help them a) identify
opportunities for improving community health and b) find and implement evidence-based programs and policies to
address these issues.
Service Learning for Students:
Serves as a population health laboratory for learning, where students apply their skills to real world issues.
Through an active community advisory board, the Institute fosters strong partnerships between the University of
Wisconsin and population health practitioners and policy makers.
The Institute researchers evaluate and disseminate evidence-based policy and practices.
American Indian Tribal-Academic Partnership:
Builds and maintains research and service initiatives with Wisconsin’s American Indian communities and the Great
Lakes Inter-Tribal Council.