Division of Population Health Research (DiPHR)

The mission and vision of the division, is built upon several premises:

  • Population health research focuses on health and disease outcomes in populations rather than individuals.
  • A life course approach, from gametes through adulthood, is important for studying health and disease.
  • Hierarchical data are required for measuring environmental exposures affecting individuals, couples, or families.
  • Trans-disciplinary research teams and partnerships improve population health.
  • Timely translation of research findings is vital for maintaining and improving health.

To accomplish this mission, the division designs and conducts innovative etiologic and interventional research from pre-pregnancy through adulthood, translates research findings into clinical practice or public policy to maximize health and eliminate health disparities, and builds capacity through mentoring and serving our professions.

The division aims to be a leader in population health research by focusing on successful reproduction, the health and well-being of pregnant women and their infants, and the optimal growth and development of children and adolescents across the lifespan. With the population as its observational laboratory, the division uses collaboration, discovery, ethics, innovation, interdisciplinary teamwork, and mentoring as core values in fulfilling its mission and vision.

Research Areas

Research Areas

Learn about the division's areas of research focus and their associated components, studies, and investigators.

Training recruitment


Find out what fellowship and training opportunities the division offers.


Selected NICHD Research Advances of 2021

Check Our Progress on NICHD Strategic Plan 2020 themes

Decoding Maternal Morbidity Data Challenge (on Challenge.gov). NICHD recently invited innovative approaches to analyzing the Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring Mothers-to-Be (nuMoM2b) dataset for up to $400,000 in prizes. Winning submissions will identify new research avenues on adverse outcomes, such as hypertensive disorders, diabetes, and infection, and address disparities in these outcomes. Solutions can use computational analysis, data mining, artificial intelligence, and other methods to advance research in maternal health. The submission period is now closed; awards are pending.

Congratulations to DiPHR scientists who recently received awards from the American Statistical Association:

Division Annual Report 2020 (PDF 3.3 MB)

Biospecimen Repository and Data Sharing (BRADS)

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