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.

Throughout her career, Dr. Rutten's research has examined social and behavioral factors related to cancer prevention and control. Her current program of research is focused on implementation and evaluation of evidenced-based cancer prevention and control strategies to improve population health.

Focus areas

  • Population adherence to disease prevention and health promotion recommendations ( such as immunizations, tobacco control and cancer screenings)
  • Social and behavioral determinants of health (such as socioeconomic factors and health, energy balance, and resilience)
  • Chronic disease management, multimorbidity and health care utilization

Significance to patient care

Dr. Rutten's program of research aims to improve health care by making it sensitized to the specific needs and backgrounds of various population groups. Developing novel and multifaceted 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

  • Board member, Collaborative for Healthcare Delivery Science Advisory Board, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2018-present
  • Member delegate, Board of directors and executive committee, Society of Behavioral Medicine 2018-2021
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, Population Health Science Special Interest Group, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2018
  • Member, roundtable on population health improvement, National Academy of Science, 2013-2016
  • Chair, national meeting conference program, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2014-2015

Clinical Studies

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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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