The Clinical Epidemiology Area of Interest is the largest of the 12 Areas of Interest in the Department of Epidemiology. Faculty members from this Area of Interest are national and international leaders in research and teaching aspects of Clinical Epidemiology.


  • Over 40 primary, secondary, and adjunct faculty members of the Department of Epidemiology are based in the Harvard Teaching Hospitals, or in other national and international clinical research institutions.
  • A large amount of the research done by the these faculty member fall under the umbrella of Clinical Epidemiology and its related research fields of Outcome Research, Health Services Research. Comparative Effectiveness Research, and Patients Centered Outcomes Research.


  • This Area of Interest spearheads the Department of Epidemiology’s role as the educational hub for training in clinical research at Harvard University
  • Its faculty plays a leadership and teaching role at HSPH in the
    • Program in Clinical Effectiveness,
    • June Integrated Course in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and
    • Certificate Program in Clinical Research Methods.
  • Members of this faculty direct the MPH Concentration in Clinical Effectiveness and the Concentration in Quantitative Methods, containing more than 50% of the MPH students at HSPH.
  • Faculty in the Area of Interest were co-instructors in Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research (PH207X), one of the first two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) offered by Harvard University, which enrolled over 50,000 students throughout the world and granted certificates of completion to over 5,000 students.
  • Members of the faculty from this Area of Interest have assisted in the development of clinical research training programs in Portugal, Cyprus, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Portugal.