Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. We are a large research-intense department that includes community-based public health experts shaping tobacco use regulation and genetic epidemiologists investigating the correlations between the genome and the environmental, behavioral, and social variables that contribute to complex diseases. We are unusual in that we work across a wide range of disciplines.

We are integrated within one of the nation’s top-ranked schools of medicine, putting us at the center of dramatic change in how clinical and research teams are trained. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has embraced new models that put medical, nursing, physician assistant, and dental students in the same classroom. Those teams also include data scientists, reflecting the growing demand for professionals trained in epidemiology, biostatistics, and informatics to shape best practices within health systems and their surrounding communities. Our Department encompasses Public Health, also integrated within the School of Medicine, recognizing that behavior, community, and environment are essential parts of the health landscape.

We investigate variations in genetic pathways that influence disease, as well as the layout of grocery aisles that define access to quality food. We consider proteomics as it relates to disease phenotype, as well as the geographic distribution of chronic conditions. We use big data analytics to monitor epileptic seizures in real time, and develop original computational approaches that apply across many areas of research.

We invite you to explore our programs and get to know our faculty, who are nationally and internationally recognized. We come from many walks of life and academic backgrounds. We share a commitment to cultivating the next generation of health leaders and scientists who ask challenging questions and apply leading-edge approaches to solve the most difficult problems in biomedical research.

Jonathan L. Haines, PhD

Professor and Chairman, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
Mary W. Sheldon, MD Professor of Genomic Sciences
Director, Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology