Barbara Berkovich, PhD, MA

Founder, CEO Applied Population Health

Dr. Berkovich is Faculty Lead for the Health Care Analytics (HCA) Track of the Master’s program in Health Care Informatics. She has lectured nationally on population health methods, registries, and medical terminologies. Her multi-year collaboration with Amy Sitapati, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, UC San Diego, resulted in a book, Applied Population Health: Driving Value-based Care with Actionable Registries. Dr. Berkovich enjoys online course development and teaching and is the CEO of Applied Population Health, a company she founded in 2019.

Her professional background is focused on the use of the Electronic Medical Record to guide clinical workflows. As a founding member of the UCSD population health team, she developed a variety of tools to drive clinical quality performance. There, she managed a population health team supporting multiple hospitals and community affiliate providers and oversaw 90+ registries to track active patients, payer groups, affiliate members, medications, wellness, and chronic diseases. Her local work with the Get to Green quality campaign helped claim nearly $5 million of at-risk incentive payments.

Dr. Berkovich’s Ph.D. research at the University of Texas compared the performance of ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, and SNOMED CT clinical terminologies for the automated selection of disease cohorts.

Her PhD research focused on the automated selection of disease cohorts for the delivery of evidence-based care. In addition to a PhD in biomedical informatics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, she holds a Master of Education degree from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California.


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