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.
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.
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
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 factors. 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
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. A summary of our current projects is provided below, and a
brief overview of completed studies appears in the following section.
Additional links to international health at Stritch
Medical School are provided at the bottom of this page.