2018 Annual Meeting

Applying Epidemiology Across the Lifespan to Improve Health Care,
Inform Health Policy and Enhance Population Health




Epidemiology Foundation Endowed Lecture

Linking epidemiology and implementation science: How to increase the impact of your research

MSB Kresge Auditorium


Ross C. Brownson, PhD, FACE

Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health
Director, Prevention Research Center in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri 



This presentation will explore the connections between epidemiology and implementation science. Participants will expand their understanding of how implementation science can improve the quality, relevance, and impact of their work. In particular, the session will explore the potential of implementation science, key contributions of epidemiology, and opportunities for practice- and policy-based research. The objectives are to: 1) describe the underpinnings of implementation research; 2) explore some research topics and gaps (illustrated with clinical and policy research); 3) consider the reciprocal relationship between epidemiology and implementation science; and 4) describe resources for building implementation science capacity (both individually and organizationally).


Ross Brownson, PhD, FACE, is the Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies the translation of evidence to public health practice and policy, with a content focus on environmental and policy determinants of chronic diseases. Dr. Brownson is the author of 15 books and over 500 peer-reviewed articles. His books include Applied Epidemiology, Evidence-Based Public Health, and Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. Dr. Brownson has received numerous awards for his work. Among these, he is the recipient of the Abraham Lilienfeld Award for outstanding contributions in teaching and mentoring (from the American Public Health Association) and the Charles C. Shepard Science Award (the highest award for science, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Dr. Brownson has been noted as one of the most productive public health scholars and was recently named by Thompson Reuters as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds. Dr. Brownson is a former board member of the American Cancer Society and a former president of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. He is also active in the American College of Epidemiology, where he is a recent past-president. 

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