Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Preventive Medicine


The Epidemiology Division applies research methods to understand the patterns and causes of health and disease in the population and to translate this knowledge into programs designed to prevent disease. The division has a long history of involvement in NIH-sponsored multi-site, longitudinal cohort studies, and its faculty oversee many investigator-initiated, NIH-sponsored research projects and trials.

These studies focus on the natural history and etiology of various chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, pulmonary disease, arthritis and chronic kidney disease. Researchers develop early, intensive prevention efforts for individuals and groups at high risk for developing certain chronic diseases, using refined statistical and epidemiological methods.

The division also educates and trains pre- and postdoctoral students, university faculty, and community members to use epidemiology, biostatistics, and bioinformatics to apply and translate research findings.

Mission Statement

To study the distribution and determinants of complex diseases and conditions in diverse populations, and to identify and assess novel risk markers and prevention strategies for disease development and progression. The Epidemiology Division is dedicated to educating and training pre- and postdoctoral students, university faculty, and community members in the use of cutting-edge epidemiology, biostatistics, and bioinformatics methodologies for purposes of applying and translating research findings into improved public health.

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