Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


Robert M. Jacobson, M.D., serves as the medical director for the Population Health Science Program at Mayo Clinic's Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. He also leads Mayo's Employee and Community Health (ECH) Research Initiative. To improve patient health, the ECH initiative created a base of investigation for the study of population-based interventions. The Population Health Science Program will lead these investigations. The joint efforts will involve the direct participation of our community of patients and their families, our ECH consulting and allied health staff, and the Population Health Science Program.

Focus areas

Dr. Jacobson and his team focus on the development and evaluation of:

  • Population-based interventions that improve vaccination delivery resulting in on-time and up-to-date routine vaccination rates for both children and adults
  • Stepped-wedge cluster randomized controlled trial design as a methodology for evaluating population-based interventions
  • Population health concerns and solutions using the Rochester Epidemiology Project as a rich data source of health care experience

Significance to patient care

Primary care still relies upon the office visit to pursue its mission of achieving optimal health for that individual. Much of what the primary care clinician seeks to accomplish for that clinician's panel of patients can and should take place outside that office visit. These include efforts to alert, educate, screen and even intervene. Such efforts could make good use of modern electronics, self-efficacy and community resources. Such efforts should improve the health of the individuals while reducing the cost of their care.

Professional highlights

  • Chair, Southeast Minnesota Immunization Connection (SEMIC), 2014-present
  • Section editor for systematic and narrative reviews, Academic Pediatrics, 2009-present
  • Co-chair, Evidence-Based Pediatrics Special Interest Group, Academic Pediatric Association, 2007-2015
  • President, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012-2014
  • Elected into membership, American Pediatric Society, 2007


Primary Appointment

  1. Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
  2. Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
  3. Division of Epidemiology, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Pediatrics


  1. Fellow - Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in Clinical Epidemiology Yale University School of Medicine
  2. Resident - Pediatrics Yale University School of Medicine
  3. Special Clinical Scholar/Resident - Integrated Continuity Group (Training Program for Primary Care Pediatrics) Yale University School of Medicine
  4. Chief Resident Associate - Chief Resident, Pediatric Primary Care Center Yale University School of Medicine
  5. Internship - Pediatrics Yale University School of Medicine
  6. MD University of Chicago
  7. BS - summa cum laude with highest honors in chemistry Butler University

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