Public Health & Epidemiology
Improving the health status of populations requires the implementation of public health policies and strategies using the three core functions of public health – assessment, policy development and assurance. Priority public health issues include infectious disease—including influenza and HIV/AIDS—chronic disease, health equity and disadvantaged populations, nutrition and obesity, and women’s and children’s health.
Public Health and Epidemiology (PHE) conducts community-based evaluations of public health interventions, population-based epidemiologic research and surveillance , and population-based community surveys to understand the determinants of health and which interventions improve health status of individuals and populations. In addition, PHE conducts and supports research around risk factors and prevention of chronic disease, social and environmental determinants of health outcomes, and the impact of community interventions on population health outcomes.
Our clients include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and several institutes (e.g., National Cancer Institute) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Examples of recent accomplishments include:
- Designed and now implementing epidemiologic studies of the H1N1 vaccine effectiveness on three populations (pregnant women, children in NICUs and health care workers) for CDC.
- Developed alternative methods and sample estimates for the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey data collection for CDC.
- Designed and implemented the National Evaluation for the national Healthy Start Program for MCHB/HRSA.
- Conducted epidemiological study of cancer patients for the VA.