What is the Program in Personalized Health?

The Program in Personalized Health (PPH) is an initiative of the Senior Vice President of Health Sciences (SVPHS) Research Unit at the University of Utah. The SVPHS Research Unit is the administrative home of the PPH. The PPH team works collaboratively with the SVPHS, the Vice President of Research, and the Associate Vice President of Research for Health Sciences to advance the initiative and set strategic goals and priorities. The mission of the PPH is to promote the tailoring of health care to a person’s individual characteristics by supporting research discoveries, educational programs, and clinical innovations.


What is the relationship between the PPH and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)?

The PPH and the CCTS are both led by Dr. Willard Dere.  The PPH has partnered with the CCTS and its Precision Medicine Foundation for Discovery (http://medicine.utah.edu/ccts/precision-medicine/), led by Dr. Matthew Rondina, to serve as a hub for the University of Utah’s personalized health care related initiatives.


What is the difference between precision medicine and personalized health?

Personalized Health is a patient centered approach to healthcare delivery that includes more than standard hospital care. A personalized health approach can incorporate genetics and genomics, but also includes environmental factors, behavioral health, socioeconomic status, family history, personal health history, etc… to create a holistic healthcare plan for the individual.

Precision Medicine leverages genetics and genomics to minimize risks and maximize benefits associated with specific treatments/medical interventions. Precision medicine can also be used to stratify patients into subpopulations to receive specific treatments/medical interventions in clinical trials and in clinical practice.

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Ashley Kapron, PhD
Associate Director, Program in Personalized Health
Senior Vice President of Health Sciences Research Unit​