The primary mission of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research is to generate and disseminate the knowledge required to prevent disease and its consequences and to promote the health of the public. To meet this challenge, the faculty of the Welch Center integrates clinical expertise with comprehensive knowledge of epidemiologic methods.
The Welch Center harnesses the talents of a group of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to disease prevention, health promotion, and evidence-based health practices. The Center’s work has three hallmarks. First, it is focused on diseases and conditions that impose a substantial burden on the health and resources of the public. Second, it employs the full range of research methodology, including observational epidemiology, randomized controlled trials and effectiveness, and outcomes research. Third, because biologic, environmental, and clinical factors interact in causing illness and disability, the work is fundamentally interdisciplinary, relying on active collaboration among faculty members from the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing.
To accomplish its mission, the Welch Center has the following specific aims:
• Develop an understanding of the etiology of disease and its consequences in populations;
• Evaluate and improve strategies for primary prevention, secondary prevention, and disease management with regard to
efficacy, effectiveness, and efficiency;
• Translate epidemiologic discoveries into clinical practice and public health policy;
• Train future leaders in clinical epidemiology, disease prevention, health promotion, and clinical research.
Since it was established in 1989, the Welch Center has been engaged in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research intended to strengthen the practice of medicine, striving for academic excellence in rigorous, evidence-based research that has an impact on patients as well as public health. Symbolic of this intersection between clinical and population-based research, the Center is named after William Henry Welch, the first and only Johns Hopkins Professor to hold positions of Dean of the School of Medicine and Dean of the School of Public Health. Reflecting Dr. Welch’s ability to bridge the disciplines of medicine and public health, the faculty and staff of the Center come from both schools and work closely together in a geographically unified location. The Welch Center is also responsible for training of Johns Hopkins medical students, public health students, house staff, fellows and junior faculty in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods for clinical and translational research.