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Department of Public Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health Sciences is an academic department in the School of Medicine. The department provides teaching for medical students and consulting in epidemiologic and statistical methods for all departments of the school and is active in research on Cardiovascular Disease and Obesity, particularly as to ethnic differentials in occurrence.

The department occupies 5,500 square feet of office space in the Maguire Center, located at the main medical facility and maintains a lab on the second floor of the Maguire Center which houses the instruments and equipment necessary to conduct all on-going research.


Our Department is divided into the following divisions:

Master’s Programs


Our epidemiologic research focuses broadly on human pathobiology, using tools ranging from clinical examinations to molecular biology. Most of the activity within the epidemiology group involves the study of the syndromic conditions which cause the great majority of adult illness, namely, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, arteriosclerosis, and cancer. We have a special interest in racial and ethnic diversity in health, and a major thrust of our research pertains to the study of health in the African Diaspora.

Since 1990 the Department has been active in a wide range of international research and training projects. Much of our research has been carried out in sub-Saharan Africa or in the Caribbean. Our first large-scale project was the International Collaborative Study of Hypertension in Blacks (ICSHIB). Through 14 years of NIH funding we studied over 30,000 individuals in Nigeria, Cameroon, Barbados, St. Lucia, Jamaica and metropolitan Chicago, examining diet, psychosocial factors, body composition, energy expenditure, and genetic factorss. We have subsequently built on this network of to broaden our collaborations across Africa. Our primary focus at the present is on the relative contribution of energy intake vs energy expenditure to the risk of obesity. In addition we continue to be actively involved in genetic epidemiology of high blood pressure and obesity, with additional new projects on hepatitis and sickle cell.

We also have collaborative projects in Spain, Jamaica and Latin America – mainly Mexico and Cuba. These projects are mainly focused on the public health aspects of chronic diseases.

 

 

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