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Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health


The Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health (CCEPH) conducts independent and collaborative research on disease occurrence, risk factors, prevention, and treatment. The CCEPH mission is to improve population health and patient care outcomes by leading and promoting consequential epidemiology research. Central Wisconsin is an ideal setting to conduct this type of research—the Marshfield Epidemiology Study Area (MESA) provides a stable population base where nearly all residents receive inpatient and outpatient care from Marshfield Clinic. We have the resources and expertise to conduct cutting-edge research, including a combined electronic medical record, medication and immunization registries, and a large group of experienced epidemiologists and scientific support staff. We serve a largely rural population, providing opportunities to examine the unique health issues affecting smaller communities and rural residents, along with intervention and outcome questions that apply to larger populations.

The goals of CCEPH include:

  • Expand the size, scope and recognition of established research programs in influenza and other respiratory viruses, vaccinology, chronic disease prevention, and health care effectiveness.
  • Maintain a high level of external funding with support from federal agencies and industry.
  • Strengthen MESA infrastructure and promote population based research.
  • Provide consultation, collaboration, and operational support for studies led by internal and external scientists and clinician investigators.
  • Provide a supportive, rewarding, and intellectually stimulating work environment.
News and Highlights

2014-2015 Flu Vaccine Effectiveness
Edward Belongia, M.D., director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health, was featured in numerous stories about the effectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine. Along with media interviews ( Marshfield News Herald, WSAW ) Dr. Belongia served as an expert source for the Canadian Press , which distributes news stories throughout Canada. For more information pertaining to CDC’s interim report on this year’s flu vaccine effectiveness, visit ABC News and the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


Grant received by CCEPH to raise awareness for HPV vaccination
CCEPH researchers received a $620,000 grant from CDC to help educate the public about human papilloma virus and to improve HPV vaccination rates among adolescents.


CCEPH receives grant to study MMR vaccine
A $440,000 federal grant will support CCEPH researchers’ study of long-term effectiveness of a third dose of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, as scientists work to better protect against mumps.


Ebola 101: Separating Fact from Fiction
So what are the facts? Should we get ready for an Ebola epidemic in the United States? Edward Belongia, MD, Director of CCEPH, infectious disease epidemiologist and former CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer provides a brief review of what we know and don’t know.


National Obesity Treatment Study in Rural Communities
CCEPH researchers and Marshfield Clinic doctors are looking for new, more effective ways to treat obesity in rural communities as part of a 5-year, $10 million national study.


CCEPH Researcher Appointed to ACIP
Edward Belongia, MD, Director of CCEPH was appointed as a voting member to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP is a group of 15 medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on how to use vaccines to control diseases in the United States.