Public Health Adaptive Systems Studies
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center

PHASYS is committed to developing practical and useable instruments aimed at improving public health preparedness and response practice and policy making through the incorporation of science-based knowledge.


Public Health Adaptive Systems Studies (PHASYS) is one of nine Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRC) funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Extramural Research Program. Located in the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice, PHASYS is a multidisciplinary research group which draws faculty from Pitt Public Health, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the National Institute of Health's Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) Center or Excellence, the Pitt Public Health Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, and personnel from the Health Officers Association of California.

The objective of PHASYS is to conduct research and develop resources that will enhance the emergency preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities of the public health system. PHASYS operates on the idea that one of the keys to a successful and effective public health system is its ability to adapt from its routine functioning in a disaster and/or emergency. In order to understand this adaptive response PHASYS takes two parallel approaches: (1) original research on criteria and metrics to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of the public health system and (2) agent-based modeling of the various aspects of the public health system. Utilizing an infectious disease outbreak as its initial focus, the research is now utilizing an all-hazards approach.

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2013 National Health Security Preparedness Index Unveiled
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PHASYS Student Receives Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award
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JPHMP Journal - Dynamics of Preparedness

Dynamics of Preparedness – Special Issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
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