The Department of Population Medicine (DPM) resides within the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and is an appointing department of Harvard Medical School. DPM's core mission is to improve health care delivery and population health through innovative research and teaching.


January 4, 2017

Name change for the Drug Policy Research Group

The Drug Policy Research Group (DPRG) is now the Division of Health Policy and Insurance Research (HPI). The change in name reflects the Division's focus on pharmaceutical and other types of health policies. 

November 4, 2016

DPM Chair Richard Platt receives prestigious mentoring award

Richard Platt, MD, MSc, is the recipient of the 2016 SHEA Mentor Scholar Award in recognition of his distinguished record in mentoring fellows and junior faculty, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology.

November 4, 2016

Assistant Professor Jason Block serving as Senior Advisor to the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services

Jason Block, MD, MPH, Associate Director of the Obesity Prevention Program in DPM is leading a strategic planning effort at DHHS to develop federal policy in nutrition and physical activity. 


Our teaching programs leverage the Department's unique strengths to train medical students, residents, and health services researchers to improve the health of populations through clinical care, research, and delivery system and health policy leadership. All training experiences are informed by the health system and population perspectives of DPM and all faculty members teach in some capacity.