Elizabeth Calhoun , PhD, MEd

Associate Vice President for Population Health Sciences, Arizona Health Sciences Center
Executive Director, Center for Population Science & Discovery
Professor, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine – Tucson


Elizabeth Calhoun, PhD, MEd, is the Associate Vice President for Population Health Sciences at University of Arizona Health Sciences and Professor with Tenure at the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.  She also serves as Executive Director of the Center for Population Science & Discovery. 

Prior to joining the UA, Dr. Calhoun was a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she established and directed the Center of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities and co-directed the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She also was professor of health policy and administration in the UIC School of Public Health.  Dr. Calhoun most recently has been leading the effort to certify navigators and enrollment specialists who are working toward getting the uninsured population of Illinois into health insurance and other public benefits available through the Affordable Care Act.  Prior to joining UIC, she was an assistant professor with the Institute of Health Services Research and Policy Studies, Department of Urology, and Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. In addition, she was an adjunct professor in the Master’s in Health Services Management Program at the American Schools of Professional Psychology in Chicago and held executive positions with Columbia/HCA.

Dr. Calhoun’s research interests include health disparities and community health, including cancer health disparities and prevention and cancer patient navigation. She has been the principal investigator for several large federally funded projects, including two National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities studies of Comparative Effectiveness Research for Eliminating Disparities, the National Cancer Institute-sponsored Chicago Cancer Navigation Project and a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of racial and ethnic approaches to community health.