Rochester, Minnesota




The research of Lila J. Rutten, Ph.D., centers around population-level disease prevention and health promotion and the creation, use, and testing of high-value, patient-centered health care to improve population health and health outcomes. Dr. Rutten directs a program of research in population health science focused on disease prevention and health promotion across the disease continuum.

Focus areas

  • Population adherence to disease prevention and health promotion recommendations (i.e., immunizations, tobacco control, cancer screening)
  • Social and behavioral determinants of health (i.e., socioeconomic factors and health, energy balance, resilience)
  • Chronic disease management, multi-morbidity and healthcare utilization

Significance to patient care

This program of research aims to improve healthcare by making it sensitized to the specific needs and backgrounds of various population groups. Developing novel and multi-faceted strategies to promote healthy behavior and provide education around disease risk factors enables patients to actively partner with their providers in achieving care that meets their individual needs.

Professional highlights

  • Founding member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, March 2013.
  • Appointed to the Society of Behavioral Medicine Board of Directors as annual conference co-chair, March 2013.
  • National Cancer Institute Directors Award, Bethesda, MD, 2011.


See my publications


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Health Care Policy & Research, Department of Health Sciences Research

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Family Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Health Services Research


  1. MPH - Epidemiology and Biostatistics Harvard University
  2. PhD - Dissertation: Health Beliefs, Message Framing and Mammography Screening Compliance: Measurement Development and Theory Testing Miami University
  3. MA - Thesis: Stereotypes Have Been Stereotyped: Establishing Personal Beliefs and Stereotypes About Women as Distinct Cognitive Constructs Miami University
  4. BS - Honors Thesis: Sex Role Consistency/Inconsistency: Evaluative Ratings of Women and Men Bemidji State University

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