Public Health Sciences Division
The Division of Public Health Sciences is home to the nation's oldest and largest program devoted to cancer-prevention research—an important endeavor, considering that many cancers may be avoidable by changes in lifestyle. The Division was originally established within the Hutchinson Center in 1975 as the Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. In 1983, it gained Division status coincident with the creation of the Cancer Prevention Research Program, the first NCI funded cancer prevention research unit.
The PHS Division is organized into six administrative programs. Each of these programs has a faculty with a wide range of interests and an interactive and interdisciplinary research orientation. These programs and their respective program heads are as follows:
Faculty of the PHS Division also actively participate in several of the Hutchinson Center's interdisciplinary scientific programs, including leadership of the Center's gastroenterology, prostate, and breast cancer initiatives.
The PHS Division's mission is to identify strategies that will ultimately reduce the incidence of and mortality from cancer and other diseases. PHS faculty focus on determining causes of cancer, helping to identify and assess effective screening and treatment methods, developing prevention strategies that reduce the risk of cancer, and developing research strategies to assist people to change behaviors toward healthier lifestyles. This prevention-oriented research also extends to other diseases, including HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and fractures.