Earl F. Cook
Primary Faculty

Earl F. Cook

Professor of Epidemiology



Other Positions

Professor of Medicine

Medicine-Brigham and Women's Hospital

Harvard Medical School


I am a Co-Directors of the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. This is an intensive six-week summer program sponsored by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) that has trained nearly 4000 physicians with the quantitative research skills that are needed for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. I also am the Principal Instructor and Co-Instructor for the two main epidemiology methods courses for that program. I developed the first quantitative introductory course (EPI201) at HSPH. I am the former Deputy Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the HSPH. I am also the former head of the Concentration in Clinical Effectiveness within the Masters of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program at HSPH. I developed two summer-only degree programs at HSPH: the summer-only Masters of Science in Epidemiology Degree Program and the summer-only Masters of Public Health Degree Program. I also developed the blended MPH in Epidemiology Program at HSPH, the only online degree program at Harvard University. I also was a Principal Instructor for the first MOOC, Health in Numbers, offered by Harvard University through the EdX Program with MIT. I have won numerous teaching awards including the prestigious Alumni Award of Merit for my years of teaching at HSPH.

S.D., 1983
Harvard School of Public Health


Prognostic value of quantitative contrast-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance for the evaluation of sudden death risk in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Chan RH, Maron BJ, Olivotto I, Pencina MJ, Assenza GE, Haas T, Lesser JR, Gruner C, Crean AM, Rakowski H, Udelson JE, Rowin E, Lombardi M, Cecchi F, Tomberli B, Spirito P, Formisano F, Biagini E, Rapezzi C, De Cecco CN, Autore C, Cook EF, Hong SN, Gibson CM, Manning WJ, Appelbaum E, Maron MS.

Circulation. 2014 Aug 05. 130(6):484-95. PMID: 25092278


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