Public Health Sciences Division

Fighting Cancer by Focusing on Population Research

Public Health Science scientists are focused on finding creative and innovative ways to learn about the causes of cancer, determine how it can be detected early or prevented, establish new methodologies to design and assess biomedical research, and create computational models to address biological questions.

We are identifying strategies to reduce the incidence of and mortality from cancer and other diseases. Their research includes observational studies and intervention trials to evaluate strategies for reducing the risk of cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, ovary, cervix, mouth, esophagus and lung, among others. Emerging population research trends include cancer risk factors; personalized medicine, screening and prevention; health disparities; the unmet needs of cancer survivors; and health care costs.

Coordinating centers based in the division serve to expand research opportunities, including incorporating population science expertise with outcomes/survivorship research, expanding expertise to other cancers and building partnerships with outside organizations to extend access to populations and data. Our scientists are active in interdivisional programs and have also played key leadership roles in the programs for breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovary cancer and gastrointestinal cancer.

The division is funded primarily through investigator-led grants and contracts.


Dr. Cyrus Ghajar, of Fred Hutch and SCCA, speaks during the Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.

Partners in Promoting Good Health

Public Health Sciences researchers have a broad range of experience and expertise and use a multidisciplinary approach to achieve a better understanding of the links between cancer and its possible triggers, from diet and lifestyle to environmental and genetic factors.

Dr. Mario Kratz in his office at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Photographed for the 2012 Annual Report.

Prioritizing Prevention

We explore new ways to determine the causes of cancer, study early detection and prevention, create new methodologies for biomedical research, and build computational models to answer biological questions.

The Fred Hutch Prevention Center

The Prevention Center is available to Fred Hutch scientists and their partners in population-based research. Home to a state-of-the-art exercise facility, nutrition laboratory and clinical environment, it gives researchers precise control over key variables within a variety of studies.



We collaborate and coordinate with research programs both within and outside Fred Hutch. We develop new methods for a range of studies and build models of carcinogenesis and other biological processes.



Cancer Prevention

We use an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate the causes, detection and control of cancer. Through a variety of studies, we conduct research in cancer screening, early detection, risk prediction, prevention strategies and survivorship.



Computational Biology

Our researchers develop computational methods and tools to address biological questions. We have expertise in transcription/translation control, adaptive-immune system dynamics and phylogenetics.




Our team studies factors that increase the risk and recurrence of cancer and other diseases. Our research includes identifying prevention behaviors, minimizing occurrence and increasing quality of life for diagnosed patients.

Translational Research

We discover and translate molecular and epidemiological findings for use in both the lab and the clinic.




Making Every Day Healthy

Learn about our scientific leadership, job openings, upcoming events and seminars hosted by the Public Health Sciences research team.

Read Our Faculty Members Latest Scientific Publications

Last Modified, May 27, 2021