When it comes to understanding the health of populations, the Intramural Research Program (IRP) is ideally structured for the long-term research that supports the field of epidemiology. Studying health patterns and outcomes in large numbers of individuals over long periods of time is no easy task, and our scientists have a number of tools available to them that specifically enable this type of research: stable funding, multi-disciplinary support staff, and the world’s largest hospital entirely devoted to clinical research—the NIH Clinical Center.
Epidemiology is a pervasive science, present at some level in every Institute and Center of the IRP. The science involves biologists, sociologists, statisticians, psychologists, and mathematicians, and of course the study participants, who might be in a formal clinical trial or part of the general population. There are three main types of epidemiological study:
IRP scientists are currently engaged in a wide range of epidemiological studies, including:
To learn more about the IRP scientists who carry out epidemiological studies, visit the NIH Epidemiology & Clinical Trials Interest Group.