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

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