The department’s faculty includes more than two dozen full-time research scientists as well as a small group of research fellows and affiliate investigators. Most faculty have academic backgrounds in epidemiology, behavioral science, health services research, or biostatistics. Some also have clinical training.
Faculty members conduct innovative research that informs care delivery and improves public health. Areas of research include cancer, vaccine safety and effectiveness, obesity and diabetes, maternal-child health, health economics, and behavioral health. The department is building expertise in new areas, including health services research, implementation science, and pragmatic clinical trials.
Faculty members focus primarily on externally funded public domain research. The program emphasizes translational research studies that have the potential to improve clinical quality and health care affordability. This kind of research is an important element of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to becoming a learning health care organization.