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Washington: Population Health Building Named After Swedish Physician and ‘Very Serious Possibilist’ Hans Rosling

Dr. Hans Rosling — a Swedish doctor, statistician, author and professor — will be a name associated with the University of Washington’s transformative work in population health. Last week, the UW Board of Regents approved naming the $230 million population health building under construction on the UW’s Seattle campus the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health.

The center was made possible by a $210 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in October 2016 and $15 million in earmarked funding from the Washington Legislature, as well as funding from the University. The Gates family proposed naming the building after Dr. Rosling in honor of his rigorous analysis of the true state of the world and passion for improving heath, which spurred a decades-long friendship with the physician and his family.

The Hans Rosling Center for Population Health will become home to portions of the University of Washington School of Public Health, the Department of Global Health, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and UW’s Population Health Initiative. The building is also designed to be a central hub for colleges, departments, centers, researchers and students from across the university, as well as external partners, to identify and work together on projects related to population health.

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