Bernard Harlow

Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology

1300 South Second Street
Suite 300
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454

Other Affiliations

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, HMS


Dr. Harlow has a broad-based interest in clinical and population-based reproductive epidemiology and the epidemiology of reproductive cancers. He has managed, analyzed, and published results from epidemiological studies of malignant and borderline ovarian tumors, uterine sarcomas, adverse obstetrical outcomes, premature menopause, and a wide variety of gynecological complications. His interests also include data collection methods pertaining to interviewing and population control selection in epidemiological studies. His most recent research interests involve the influence of psychiatric disorders on reproductive function. Dr. Harlow is currently the Principal Investigator of the Harvard Study of Moods and Cycles, an NIMH-funded prospective study of women with and without major depression designed to determine whether depression is associated with a premature decline in ovarian function. Dr. Harlow is also the Principal Investigator of a new NIH study to determine the prevalence and etiological predictors of Vulvodynia—a syndrome of unexplained vulvar itching, burning, and/or pain that causes major physical and psychological distress. Dr. Harlow serves as an advisor to both epidemiology students at the HSPH interested in reproductive epidemiology, and clinical residents and fellows in Obstetrics and Gynecology interested in clinical epidemiological studies of female reproductive and gynecological disorders.


MPH, 1978, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Ph.D., 1987, University of Washington School of Public Health