In May 2014, the Department of Medical Education became the Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS). We are a first-in-the-nation basic science department focused on learning, which we view as a continuous process of study and change, leading to improvement. Study converts information into knowledge, and change applies that knowledge to practice. Learning in this sense can occur at different levels of scale: individuals can learn; groups can learn; organizations can learn; and ultra-large scale systems, such as the health system of an entire nation, can learn.

The department focuses on the sciences that can make learning effective, routine, and efficient. Our research programs generate new knowledge that can enhance learning at all levels of scale; our educational programs train new researchers and appliers of the sciences of learning; our service programs help health systems become learning health systems. DLHS engages colleagues across the entire University of Michigan community, as well as the state, the nation, and the globe. 

 The department is organized into three sub-units:




October 13, 2016

Dr. Karandeep Singh publishes a study identifying new predictors of kidney failure

This study used natural language processing tools to analyze clinical notes among patients newly referred to nephrology clinics.

September 21, 2016

DLHS faculty Dr. Cheryl Moyer featured in the Lancet

Cheryl A. Moyer, MPH, PhD co-authored a Lancet article: a call to action to improve maternal health on a global scale. This piece summarizes six articles in a series.

August 22, 2016

UMCSC Research Committee announces grant awardees for 2016-2017

The Clinical Simulation Center Research Committee is pleased to announce it has awarded a total of $30,000 to support two research projects for the 2016-2017 cycle.

August 16, 2016

DLHS faculty Martha Funnell & Bob Anderson honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE and Robert Anderson, EdD received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Diabetes Educators at their annual meeting in August. 

August 5, 2016

Interview with Dr. Caren Stalburg in Osmosis blog

Check out the Osmosis blog post featuring Dr. Caren Stalburg in the Leaders in Medical Education series.