Learning and Knowledge Systems

The Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems aims to be the lead research and development hub for a new trans-disciplinary science of large scale learning systems. Our faculty and research staff include an interdisciplinary community of scientists with expertise in biomedical informatics, behavior change, organizational change theory, systems science, quality and performance improvement methods, and translational research. The division's activities focus on health-related systems at higher levels of scale: organizations, regional networks, national and multi-national systems. The division addresses how these systems can routinely learn and improve through continuous self-study and self-surveillance, application of analytical methods converting data to knowledge, and subsequent application of that knowledge to drive positive change. Our faculty and staff have played leadership roles in numerous Learning Health System initiatives at local and national levels.



  • Research programs examine fundamental questions related to the creation, operation, and sustainability of learning systems that support health care, public health, and biomedical research. 
  • The division coordinates a pan-university Learning Health System initiative, which aims to develop key elements that make possible a complete Learning Health System at a national and global scale. 
  • Members of the division are involved in the coordination teams for numerous regional and national Learning Health System events.


  • In pursuit of improving health, faculty in the Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems identify opportunities to continually "learn how to learn" better.
  • The division supports Learning Health for Michigan, a statewide initiative convened by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT). Learning Health for Michigan is a collaboration of multiple and diverse stakeholders aimed at realizing a state-level Learning Health System across Michigan. The division disseminates the lessons learned from this and other initiatives to help inform the development and improvement of learning systems.


March 14, 2017
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Learning Health System (LHS) Collaboratory

12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Palmer Commons, Great Lakes North Central

The Missing Piece? Understanding Provider Organization Capabilities to Engage with the Learning Health System.  Presented by Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, Associate Professor at the School of Information and the School of Public Health.  

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January 25, 2017

Vydiswaran and Singh collaborators on M-CHAMP data science award

The Michigan Center for Health Analytics & Medical Prediction (M-CHAMP) was awarded funding for data science research by the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS).

January 19, 2017

First Learning Health Systems journal issue now available!

The initial six articles of Learning Health Systems were compiled as the journal's first official issue on January 19, 2017.

January 18, 2017

Nancy Allee named Interprofessional Leadership Fellow

The second cohort of U-M Interprofessional Leadership Fellows includes Department of Learning Health Sciences joint faculty member, Nancy Allee, MLS, MPH.

December 14, 2016

Allen Flynn, PharmD, Wins Distinguished Service Award

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) awarded Allen Flynn, Pharm D and DLHS Research Analyst, the Distinguished Service Award in the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology on December 6th, 2016 at their 51st ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

November 29, 2016

Innovative Learning Health System projects awarded grant funding

After an extensive selection process, The Department of Learning Health Sciences and the University of Michigan Office of Research are pleased to announce the awardees of a pilot grant program to accelerate development of systems, methods and technologies that support the science underlying the development of a ubiquitous global Learning Health System (LHS).