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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Institute for Public Health and Medicine
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Center for Epidemiology and Population Health

The Center for Epidemiology and Population Health 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 is to improve prevention and treatment strategies for diseases that have a major impact on population health. The 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 Feinberg School of Medicine and the greater Northwestern University community to help facilitate, foster and invigorate clinical- and population-based research and implementation of prevention efforts.

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Center Programs

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

About Us


The center 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 (e.g., time-series modeling, hierarchical modeling, propensity score analyses) 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").


Schools, departments, institutes, centers and community partners represented include:
  • Feinberg School of Medicine
    • Preventive Medicine (Divisions of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Nutrition)
    • IHS (Centers for Maternal and Child Healthcare, Chronic Disease & Outcomes, Health Economics, Healthcare Quality and Safety Innovation)
    • Medical Social Sciences (Biostatistics Collaboration Center, 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 (e.g., Medicine, Surgery)
  • Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
    • African-American Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Gender Studies
    • Latina/o Studies
    • Sociology
  • Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center

Contact Us


Elizabeth Pugh

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

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