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Professor and Chair - Health Systems and Population Health

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School / Campus / College: School of Public Health

Organization: Health Systems and Population Health

Title: Professor and Chair - Health Systems and Population Health

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington School of Public Health (SPH) is seeking a transformative leader to Chair of the Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) who is expected to support the mission of creating a future where health systems effectively, efficiently, and equitably promote the health of all populations. The Chair will lead a group of highly qualified and committed faculty, staff, and students of diverse backgrounds, many of whom are strong and emerging leaders in their fields. The Chair will work the faculty, staff, and students in partnership with alumni and partners in public health and health care systems, to prepare future health practitioners, managers, and researchers who will conduct the unfinished work of improving the well-being of communities in the United States and throughout the world. The Chair will be expected to support the continued expansion and evolution of the department, and embrace the core values of health equity, service to the public good, justice, collaboration, and excellence. 

The successful candidate would be expected to bring innovative ideas to support HSPop in achieving its core mission of creating an environment that centers on diversity, equity, and inclusion; nurturing career development of faculty and staff; recognizing and supporting the success of all faculty, staff, and learners; and strengthening relationships with community partners. 

The position is tenured with appointment at the rank of Professor. This position is full-time (100% FTE) with an annual service period of 12 months [July 1-June 30]. The anticipated start date is January-July 2023. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. 


Candidates must have a blend of experience leading academic programs as well as practice-based/community-oriented programs/units. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree (or foreign equivalent) in public health or another relevant field with a focus on community health, health systems, health services research, and/or population health. 

Positive factors for consideration include: 

  • Ability to lead a team or organization towards a common and clearly articulated vision using skills in respectful listening and consensus-building. 

  • Proven track record in fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment with preference towards leadership in anti-racism efforts. 

  • Demonstrated success in career development and mentorship of faculty, staff, and/or students.  

  • Advocacy for community engagement to improve population health, strengthen research collaborations, and create meaningful learning opportunities for diverse students and/or other learners. 

  • Ability to work effectively with administration/leadership to obtain necessary resources to meet team or organizational goals and objectives. 

  • Dedication to producing high quality education, practice and research. 


This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Position applicants receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Review of applications will begin on July 15, 2022 continuing until the position is filled. Applicants who submit by July 15, 2022 are guaranteed full consideration. Applications received after July 15, 2022 will be reviewed at the discretion of the search committee until the position is filled or the search is closed. 

Please submit the following through Interfolio: 

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • Cover Letter: The cover letter should describe your interest in this position as well as research, teaching, service, and mentorship experience (no more than 5 pages) 

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement: Discuss how the work you have done could inform what you hope to do in SPH and aligns with our values of equity, justice and anti-racism. Include a description of a specific experience developing community-based initiatives, diversity, inclusion and equity related programming (2-5 pages) 

  • Leadership Statement: Describe your experience and approach to leadership in the academic, practice-based, local and federal government, philanthropy, healthcare systems or other settings. The statement should consider positive factors listed above (2-5 pages). 

  • Four References (contact information only, no formal letters requested at time of initial application) 

Search Manager Contact Information 

For questions, please contact Charlotte Hentges, HR Manager at 

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

The University of Washington School of Public Health acknowledges the land we occupy today as the traditional home of the Tulalip, Muckleshoot, Duwamish and Suquamish tribal nations. Without them we would not have access to this working, teaching, and learning environment. We humbly take the opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land who are still here. 

The work of equity, diversity and inclusion is the work of public health. The Department of Health Systems and Population Health and the UW School of Public Health are committed to a future that is free of health inequities, that promotes the highest level of wellness for the communities we serve, and a diverse and inclusive public health workforce that embodies humility, respect, leadership and service on behalf of, and with, the diverse communities we are privileged to serve. For more information, please see: and   

UW and the SPH have developed specific programs to support new faculty, with a specific eye towards supporting faculty around diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and service. The SPH 2020 to 2025 strategic plan can be found here. Our faculty development offerings are listed here. Additional resources for department chairs are available through the UW Office for Faculty Advancement found here


The Department of Health Systems and Population Health is a diverse department (80 staff, 60 regular faculty and 280 adjunct, affiliate and clinical faculty) with faculty expertise in health economics, health care systems, health promotion, social determinants of health, and social science. Several centers are within the department, including the Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health, the Center for Health Innovation and Policy Science, the Health Promotion Research Center, and the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. There are currently 94 undergraduate, 380 master, and 44 doctoral students within the department. 

The Department of Health Systems and Population Health is home to several degree programs including PhD Program in Health Services, Master of Health Administration, Executive Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, Community-Oriented Public Health Practice, Master of Science, Master of Health Informatics and Health Information Management.  

The School of Public Health has five departments: Health Systems and Population Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, and Global Health. Depending on the interests and qualifications of the successful candidate, an adjunct appointment may be considered with other UW departments or affiliate institutions. For the latest campus data on student and faculty diversity visit    

The University of Washington is a public research institution with 140 departments within the various colleges and schools. Additionally, the UW has a Population Health Initiative, which brings faculty from across the University together to address challenges in human health, social and economic equity and environmental resilience. The UW is also home to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, an independent population health research center that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them.   

In addition to collaboration opportunities across the UW are opportunities for collaboration with other Seattle area institutions (Public Health – Seattle & King County, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, a national Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation at the VA, and Seattle Children's Hospital). The Pacific Northwest region is home to American Indian/Alaska Native, immigrant, Latinx, and sexual minority communities, and many of our faculty have longstanding partnerships with organizations working in these communities. 

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Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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