The mission of the Center for Health Decision Science is to promote more informed and systematic decision making in the use of health-related technologies and public health practices both in the U.S. and worldwide, through the theory and application of decision science. At the heart of the Center is our creative and committed community, consisting of faculty, visiting scholars, researchers, fellows, staff, students and trainees.
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Our faculty and researchers use methods from decision science to address contemporary clinical and public health problems with significant health, quality of life, and economic consequences. We have a strong domestic research agenda, as well as a broad range of work focused on low, middle and other high income countries. The scope of applied analyses ranges from prevention and treatment of communicable and chronic diseases, to cross-cutting themes such as women’s health, maternal and child mortality, mental health, and health care delivery. In addition to applied work, investigators conduct research to push the field of decision science forward, by developing novel methods and identifying new applications of existing techniques. We are committed to enabling the real-world impact of health decision science research to affect public health policy by actively engaging with policy communities, providing service to decision makers, enhancing technical capacity, and translating results for different stakeholders.