Population Health

Population health is a way to describe the focus on disease prevention and management of chronic diseases to prevent the use of emergency or inpatient care. It focuses on the promotion of healthy habits, and on an environment that supports the health and wellbeing of the population at large. At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we have the range of expertise required to care for patients with chronic illnesses and to help them stay healthy.


The Asthma Center at Children's Hospital brings together the hospital's Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy, and Immunology programs. This multidisciplinary approach capitalizes on expertise in each of these areas to greatly enhance the early diagnosis and treatment of children with asthma. Learn more about our Asthma Center and watch some short videos about asthma prevention and care.


For more than three decades, endocrinologists at Children’s have played a major role in the care of children with diabetes and all types of hormone-related disorders. Children’s has one of the largest pediatric diabetes programs in the world, with approximately 2,700 patients each year. Learn more about how we treat children with diabetes.

Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a chronic illness that requires expert multidisciplinary care. Our clinical services include evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, including emphasis on promoting normal growth and development, slowing the progression of the illness, preventing and treating complications, and helping the family integrate even the most complex care regimens into their daily lives. Learn more about how we care for children with cystic fibrosis.


Vaccination awareness is a crucial part of maintaining population health. We advocate for immunization of all children so that all are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases that can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or can be deadly. Learn more about vaccinating your child.