Epidemiology Branch (EB)

Pregnant woman viewing ultrasound. The mission of the EB is to:

  • Design and conduct investigator-initiated and collaborative epidemiologic research focusing on reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric health endpoints to identify etiologic mechanisms, at risk subgroups, and interventions aimed at maximizing health and preventing, diagnosing and/or treating disease.
  • Provide service to the Division, institute, NIH, HHS, and the profession via consultation, collaboration, and assistance to advance the scientific discipline of epidemiology and the goals of the institute.
  • Recruit highly qualified students and trainees at various stages of their careers to position them for professional careers in reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiologic research.


A recent publication from EB researchers, Release: Postpartum depression may persist three years after giving birth, was featured on National Public Radio. Listen to the Morning Edition audio summary external link of the research.

NICHD Milestones Podcast : Research links air pollution and extreme temperature to stillbirth risk

Release: Obesity during pregnancy may lead directly to fetal overgrowth, NIH study suggests (November 13, 2017)

Healthy lifestyle reduces heart attack, stroke risk after gestational diabetes, NIH study shows (October 16, 2017)

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