In the Division of Epidemiology, we focus on conducting observational studies and clinical trials to address major public health challenges nationally and globally. In addition to leading numerous investigator-initiated projects and participating in many long-term multi-center observational cohort studies, our faculty are actively engaged in collaborative research across the school of medicine as well as other schools and institutes, including the McCormick School of Engineering, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Social Policy.
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What We Do
The division has a lengthy and proud history of involvement in NIH-sponsored, multi-site, longitudinal cohort studies, and its faculty oversee many investigator-initiated, NIH-sponsored research projects and trials focused on population health. While the early years of the division focused most intensively on cardiovascular health and disease, recent years have seen an expansion of focus into numerous disease and health topics such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, pulmonary disease, cognitive decline, depression, arthritis, chronic kidney disease, and lifecourse epidemiology. Faculty use numerous cutting-edge methods in study design, measurement, implementation, and analysis to better understand the etiology of heath and disease; division members are currently involved in observational studies utilizing social epidemiology methods, complex statistical modelling, multiple types of –omics measurement, insurance claim and EHR data, and tech-enabled assessment of physical activity and diet to name just a few methods and techniques. Division faculty also develop innovative prevention efforts for individuals and groups at high risk for developing certain chronic diseases and rigorously assess these efforts in trials using refined statistical and epidemiological methods.
The division educates and trains pre- and postdoctoral students, university faculty and community members to use epidemiology, biostatistics and bioinformatics methods to apply and translate research findings.
The NHLBI CVD training grant is a full-time, NHLBI-funded T32 postdoctoral research training program in cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention based in the division of epidemiology.
In addition to the CVD training grant, our faculty supports training in epidemiology through independent studies and by teaching in several Northwestern degree programs.
- TheMaster of Science in Biostatistics is a four-quarter (July 1 through mid-June) program training postdoctoral and predoctoral scientists to apply current methods of epidemiology and biostatistics to conduct research on a range of health problems facing the population.
- TheMasters of Public Health Program offers an accredited master’s degree in public health to full-time (accelerated), part time and joint-degree students and offers a specific concentration in epidemiology.
- TheMasters of Science in Clinical Investigation program is a part-time evening program primarily for medical residents, fellows and junior faculty members who wish to receive formal training in clinical research.
Meet Our Team
Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) and Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)
Epidemiologic studies of cardiovascular disease, with a focus on health behaviors including diet, physical activity and sleep and in populations defined by race/ethnicity, age and gender.
Jaline L Gerardin
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) and McCormick School of Engineering
Jaline Gerardin is Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, a NICO member, and a member of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern. Her work has contributed to defining stratification metrics for intervention deployment and understanding the intervention mixes needed for malaria elimination across diverse endemic settings. Prior to her appointment at Northwestern, Jaline was the malaria lead at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Seattle, Washington.
Sadiya S Khan
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)
Dr. Khan is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and holds active medical licensure in the state of Illinois. She received her medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in 2009 as part of the Honors Program in Medical Education. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL in 2012 and then served as Chief Medical Resident from 2012-2013. She also obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Investigation from the Northwestern University Graduate School in 2014. Dr. Khan completed her fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Northwestern in 2016 followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology in 2017 before joining the Northwestern faculty. She has received multiple awards for excellence in research, teaching, and patient care.
John T Wilkins
Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)/Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)
John T. Wilkins, MD, is a cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine and an assistant professor of Medicine-Cardiology and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As part of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Wilkins specializes in cardiovascular disease prevention, family history of heart disease, lipid abnormalities, hypertension management as well as general cardiology. In his research, he studies the epidemiology of numerous factors which may influence the evolution of cardiovascular risk factors from young adulthood to older ages.