Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Center for Population Health Sciences


The Center for Population Health Science includes epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and biomedical informaticians.  The Center’s main research is focused on identifying risk factors for the occurrence of disease and prognostic factors that alter the outcomes of disease. The overarching mission of the Center is to improve prevention and treatment strategies for diseases that have a major impact on population health. This Center conducts population-based and clinical observational studies that provide a basis for the design and implementation of clinical trials of clinic- and community-based interventions to improve health. In addition, given the collaborative nature of the disciplines (epidemiology, biostatistics and biomedical informatics) housed within the Center, a major goal is to partner with investigators across FSM and the greater Northwestern University community to help facilitate, foster and invigorate clinical- and population-based research and implementation of prevention efforts.

The Center also conducts research to develop novel methods for the storage and analysis of the vast variety and quantities of data obtained by Institute investigators. For instance, epidemiologists are critical to the appropriate design and analysis of many clinical and population research endeavors. Biostatisticians with expertise in analytic methods common to healthcare studies (i.e., time-series modeling, hierarchical modeling, propensity score analyses, etc.) provide critical links to other centers and departments. Novel methodologies for obtaining, storing and analyzing data through biomedical informatics approaches is yet another major focus of the Center that allows for cross-cutting and inter-disciplinary collaboration

This Center will harness the explosion of knowledge in molecular technologies to improve health and health care. Research areas include integrating genomic, proteomic, metabolomic and novel phenotypic data into electronic health records to advance prevention science and improve use of diagnostic tests, therapies, and counseling to improve outcomes, safety, and the efficiency of care delivery ("translational epidemiology"). This Center also promotes the measurement and use of high-resolution imaging and "omics" data to detect, measure, and monitor important intermediate molecular biomarkers of health and disease in population-based cohorts ("mechanistic epidemiology").

Center Programs

  • Program in Epidemiology & Life Course of Chronic Disease
  • Program in Biostatistical Innovation
  • Program in Bioinformatics Research

Related Resources

Schools, Departments, Institutes, Centers, and Community Partners Represented

  • Feinberg School of Medicine
    Preventive Medicine (Divisions of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Nutrition), IHS (Centers for Maternal and Child Healthcare, Chronic Disease & Outcomes, Health Economics, and Healthcare Quality and Safety Innovation), Medical Social Sciences (Divisions of Biostatistics/Data Management, Informatics/Psychometrics, Outcomes Measurement and Survey Core), NUCATS (Bioinformatics Center), Genetics, GIM (Program in Health Information Technology), All Clinical Departments (i.e., Medicine, Surgery, etc.)
  • Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
    African-American studies, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Latina/o Studies, Sociology, etc.
  • Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center

Center Information

680 N. Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60611

Center Director
Philip Greenland, MD

Dr. Greenland

Center Administrator
Julianna Lee

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Founded: 1972

This page last updated Jul 19, 2013

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