Population Health Behavior and Outcomes



Population Health, Behavior and Outcomes Research Program


        Co-Leader, Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD




         Co-Leader, Kent Hoskins, MD 


The Population Health, Behavior and Outcomes Program (PHBO) is distinguished by our expertise in the health of underserved and ethnic minority populations. The scientific focus of the PHBO Program covers three broad themes: cancer prevention, cancer control, and cancer survivorship.

Core areas of strength in cancer prevention include:

1) Interventions related to nicotine and tobacco prevention

2) Diet and physical activity

3) Obesity prevention and treatment


Core areas of strength in cancer control include:

1) Improving the use of and access to validated early detection screening methods

2) Epidemiological cancer research focused on early detection of breast, colorectal, prostate and oral cancer as well as the etiology of brain, ovarian, and prostate cancer. 


Core areas of strength in cancer survivorship include:

1) Psychosocial oncology

2) Patient navigation within health systems

3) Long-term survivorship

4) Quality of life assessment

5) Palliative care

6) Lifestyle interventions


The PHBO mentors new investigators in cancer research through the NCI-funded Cancer Education and Career Development Program (R25T). This program offers predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in cancer prevention and control. The Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (MBCCOP) offers opportunities for linkage between behavioral interventions and clinical translational research. U of I has one of only 12 MBCCOPs in the country. The PHBO will also interface with U of I’s newly funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) to enhance translational research in cancer prevention and control.

Our program capitalizes on strengths of program members including epidemiology, health services research, sociology, dentistry, nursing, clinical psychology, biostatistics, pathology, and nutrition.