Faculty of the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics provide leadership in prevention science, health promotion, policy evaluation research, health disparities, health outcomes studies, implementation science and biomedical informatics. The department engages in health care outcomes research and preventive interventions across the lifespan, including risk behavior reduction, alcohol and drug abuse prevention, community intervention trials, health care quality and outcomes for disadvantaged populations, and health care economics and delivery system factors related to the quality and outcomes of cancer care.
Faculty collaborate extensively with researchers at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center—the most comprehensive health science center in the Southeast—as well as with other departments at the University of Florida and at other universities. Another key partner is the University of Florida’s Institute for Child Health Policy. This transdiciplinary research institute, established in 1988, is dedicated to improving children’s health through rigorous science.
Many of our faculty are involved with the statewide OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, which is led by the UF Clinical and Translational Research Institute and includes the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of Miami and the University of South Florida. OneFlorida was developed to address the need for research and support to translate the evidence-base gained in academic environments to the community practices of Florida. Its central aim is to facilitate a multi-way exchange of information between academic health research teams, community practices and patients and thereby accelerate the translation of health care research findings to diverse health care settings across the state. OneFlorida partners encompass 22 hospitals, 416 clinic settings and 3,250 physician providers, which provide care for more than 15 million patients across Florida’s 67 counties. Together, OneFlorida partners cover 39 percent of the patient population in what will soon be the nation’s third largest state, including three majority-minority metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami) and rural practices throughout the state.
Our research themes are broad and reflect the interests of faculty members. We are guided by the principle that optimal contributions result from a knowledge base that includes both depth and breadth of coverage in health outcomes and policy research, epidemiology, implementation science and biomedical informatics.