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Christopher T Rentsch, PhD, FISPE

Assistant Professor Adjunct; Associate Professor, Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology

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Christopher T Rentsch, PhD, FISPE



Dr Rentsch is an epidemiologist specialising in the use of electronic health records, with a focus on establishing real-world evidence for the safety and effectiveness of medications.

In his roles within the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) at Yale and the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Research Group at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, he performs research using some of the largest clinical and genetic cohorts in the world today.

Dr Rentsch has received two prestigious awards from the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) in 2021 (Emerging Leader Award) and 2022 (Special ISPE Award for his "demonstrable impact on public health related to the COVID-19 pandemic"). In 2024, he was named a Fellow of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and elected to the ISPE Board of Directors.

Dr Rentsch is Co-Chair of the VACS Pharmacoepidemiology Core and Program Director for pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance training at LSHTM, including:

Dr Rentsch was co-Editor of a free, online textbook, "COVID-19 Real-World Evidence Primer," which aims to promote careful design and methodological approaches supporting causal inferences on drug safety and effectiveness that guide clinical and regulatory decisions.

In his spare time, he can be found performing around the UK in the London City Brass band.

    Education & Training

    • PhD
      London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2018)
    • MPH
      Emory University (2011)
    • BA
      The Ohio State University (2008)

    Honors & Recognition

    AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
    FISPE (Fellow of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology)International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology2024
    Special ISPE Award for Contributions to Public Health Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology2022
    Emerging Leader AwardInternational Society for Pharmacoepidemiology2021
    Best Reviewer AwardPharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety2017

    Professional Service

    ISPE Board of Directors, Academia (Europe/Africa), International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE)Board of Directors2024 - Present
    Pharmacoepidemiology (PEPI) Core, Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS), US Dept of Veterans AffairsCo-Chair2022 - Present
    COVID-19 Core, Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS), US Dept of Veterans AffairsCo-Chair2021 - Present
    Membership Committee, International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE)Chair2020 - 2021
    Polypharmacy Workgroup, Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS), US Dept of Veterans AffairsCo-Chair2019 - 2022
    Methods Training, Real-World Evidence Task Force, International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE)Co-Chair2019 - 2022
    Anti(retro)viral Therapy Workgroup, Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS), US Dept of Veterans AffairsCo-Chair2015 - 2022

    Departments & Organizations