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Research with the section is focused on selected interrelated areas at the core of general internal medicine utilizing the principles and methods of clinical epidemiology and health services research.

The faculty applies these principles and methods to five key conditions within general medicine:

  • Addiction
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Cerebrovascular wellness
  • HIV
Within these five areas, the focus is narrowed into these cross-disciplinary subspecialities:
  • Research methods and policy
  • HIV prevention and HIV-related conditions
  • Occupational and environmental medicine
  • Substance use disorder
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Population health and well-being
  • Health justice
  • Women’s health
  • Health care utilization and outcomes
  • Health disparities
  • Medical education
  • Medicine, religion, and spirituality
  • Medical Humanities
  • Global health
  • Health policy

This work includes epidemiological studies, observational studies, randomized clinical trials, case control studies, studies using large databases, qualitative research, mixed methods, and implementation science.

Faculty have also written several papers in the area of health care policy and have provided national leadership on topics such as ethical considerations in research and international health, the provision of addiction services, conflict of interest in research, and the care of underserved populations.

Several faculty are principal investigators and/or co-investigators in peer-reviewed research funded through federal and private agencies. In addition, a number of faculty hold federal or foundation-supported career awards to support their work.

Along with their leadership roles in research activities related to the National Clinical Scholars Program, section faculty have major leadership roles in research activities of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program, the Yale Investigative Medicine Program, and the Clinical Epidemiology Research Center at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

Details of the research activities of the section can be found at the web sites of the programs listed above and on the web pages of individual faculty.

The overarching goal of the Clinical Epidemiology Research Center (CERC), as part of the Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSPCC) in West Haven, CT is to develop an intellectually vibrant academically productive unit—conducting cutting-edge multidisciplinary research, providing opportunities for comprehensive training, and obtaining leveraged funding to support Center activities. 

The Clinical Epidemiology Research Center joins the existing infrastructure focusing on cooperative clinical trials to create a comprehensive Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center with the capacity to conduct a broad range of patient-oriented clinical research.

The goal of the Yale Program in Addiction Medicine is to expand access to and improve the effectiveness of prevention and treatment services for substance use. We focus on research, education, prevention, and treatment.