The CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health (ISPH) brings together multidisciplinary teams of researchers to conduct impactful, cutting edge research on population health and related outcomes, including programmatic and service delivery implementation, and clinical interventions.  We provide research and training opportunities for faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows, interns, and visiting scholars. The Institute also curates and hosts themed special events, such as symposia and seminars.

The ISPH is a CUNY-wide initiative, bringing together core involvement from three CUNY campuses—the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (GSPHHP), City College of New York, and Hunter College— and associated faculty affiliates from throughout the City University of New York.

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The central mission of the CUNY ISPH is to translate research into sustainable, cost effective population level interventions, strategies, initiatives and policies that have the potential to improve health on a large scale and reduce health disparities around the world. We do this by understanding biological mechanisms, subtypes and major drivers of disease, identifying program/service/policy implementation gaps that drive suboptimal health outcomes at the population level, and by designing and conducting rigorous experimental and observational studies to assess the impact of strategies aimed at improving population health outcomes. Given that many forces shape population health, including those outside the health sector (e.g., political, economic, sociologic, environmental, demographic), we seek and generate knowledge, collaboration and expertise to achieve our mission of improved population health through better implementation.

Read more about why research alone isn’t enough.


The overarching goal of the ISPH is to conduct large-scale research studies on population health and intervention implementation in real world settings (i.e., outside the research environment). We engage in, foster, and leverage multidisciplinary research collaborations across different health outcomes and disease types with public sector health agencies, health care organizations, clinical researchers, community-based organizations and policy makers.

Our primary goals are:

  • To apply rigorous scientific methods to assess the effectiveness and impact of interventions, strategies, initiatives, and policies aimed at improving population health around the world.
  • To conduct research that describes population health outcomes and improves the understanding of the factors that can shape/influence them through better implementation.
  • To create, support, and leverage successful multi-disciplinary partnerships across all of CUNY’s colleges, professional schools, and institutes for cutting edge and impactful research collaborations at the intersection of implementation science and population health.
  • To provide hands-on research training for masters/doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows and host visiting scholars at the intersection of implementation science and population health

Where ISPH Works

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Areas of Expertise

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Comparative Effectiveness Methods
  • Public Health Surveillance
  • Health Behavioral Science
  • Precision Population Health
  • Health Economics
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Health Inequalities
  • Global Health
  • Dissemination
  • Health Services Research
  • Big Data, Data Science
  • Population Health Informatics
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Health Policy
  • Health Metrics/Dashboard Systems


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