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School & Program Updates

Northwestern: Newly Relaunched Center for Epidemiology and Population Health

Dr. Norrina Allen, associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University, is the new director of IPHAM’s Center for Epidemiology and Population Health. Part of Northwestern’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), the center will gather and optimize a diverse pool of population health data in order to translate clinical questions into high-impact research.

The center will have three formal programs of science: data linkage, data pooling and social epidemiology. The linkage project, headed by Dr. Allen, aims to create new ways to link public health data across a wide variety of sources, including public records, medical data and both traditional and social media platforms.

The data pooling project, led by Dr. John Wilkins, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology and of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Epidemiology, will devise new methodologies to combine study cohorts from multiple longitudinal studies, providing additional power to examine the complex relationships that make up an individuals’ health.

Finally, the social epidemiology program will measure and evaluate the health impacts of social environments in the Chicago area, including chronic stress, social relationships and the impact of neighborhood conditions like racial or ethnic segregation. This program will be led by Dr. Kiarri Kershaw, associate professor of preventive medicine in the division of epidemiology.

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