Epidemiology, the study of patterns and causes of health and disease in populations, is foundational to public health. Scientists in the NICHD's Epidemiology Branch apply epidemiologic approaches to answer questions about infertility, menstrual problems, birth defects, and other health issues.
We recently checked in with Branch Chief Enrique Schisterman, Ph.D., to learn how his team's research is making an impact on maternal and infant health, what advice he has for aspiring epidemiologists, where his field is headed, and why it's so remarkable.
Read on to find out what he had to say.
Why is epidemiology critical to understanding the health of populations?
What are some of the big research questions the scientists in your Branch are working to answer now?
What advice do you have for those interested in pursuing fellowships or careers in epidemiology research?
What does the term "high-risk" mean within the context of epidemiology research? And what is the potential impact of high-risk projects on public health?
Why is methodological research in epidemiology important?
What do you think will be major areas of focus for the Branch—and the reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology research fields more generally—in the next five to ten years?
What message would you like the public to know about your work, or about epidemiology research more generally?
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Originally Posted: May 30, 2014
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