Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Institute for Public Health and Medicine

Overview

The Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) includes all public health activities at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. IPHAM's Centers create an organizational structure, with foci spanning the spectrum from communities to the individual, and from health behaviors to genetic determinants of disease.

Whereas departments are the major organizational entities for activities pertaining to medicine, IPHAM Centers are major organizational entities for activities pertaining to public health and the interface of medicine and public health. IPHAM Centers provide a home for membership in the Institute where academic scholars from different disciplines can join in coordinated activities. The goal of the Institute is to accelerate innovation at the interface of medicine and public health by playing an instrumental role in attracting varied professionals to collaborate more closely. This can only occur through strong leadership and careful orchestration of the Institute's organizational structure, combined with new resources and policies to incent new collaboration. Some examples of how the Institute serves Feinberg include:

The Centers of the Institute expand, enhance, and complement existing Northwestern University research programs. Centers focus on critical areas of innovation at the intersection of public health and medicine. To ensure strong cohesiveness among varied activities within IPHAM, Centers are intended to have some overlapping membership, education and training aims, and research priorities. Centralized coordination of IPHAM's core resources facilitates collaboration between diverse professionals and research programs, thereby attracting new leaders and collaborators whose interests span across different centers, academic departments, and schools. Through this new structure, Feinberg will provide an exciting nexus of activities focused across the spectrum of discovery to public health practice.

Apply for membership! Membership is open to faculty, staff, students, and trainees of Northwestern University and partner organizations interested in research and/or education in the fields of public health and health services.