The Institute for Public Health Welcomes Dr. Randi Foraker as Director of the Public Health Data and Training Center

July 17, 2017

As of July 1, Dr. Randi Foraker has joined Washington University as an Associate Professor in the Division of General Medical Sciences. She serves as the director of the Public Health Data and Training Center at the Institute for Public Health and faculty lead of population health informatics at the Institute for Informatics (I2). In this role, she will support a multidisciplinary community of researchers, trainees, and practitioners who collect and analyze clinical and public health data.

Dr. Foraker specializes in the design of population-based studies and the integration of electronic health record data with socioeconomic indicators, and is well recognized in the field of cardiovascular disease epidemiology. Her own research seeks to improve the integration and analysis of large and diverse datasets, using methodologies from epidemiology and information science. Dr. Foraker is looking forward to using her broad background in public health and medicine to convene research around making healthcare systems more effective and building healthier communities.

Dr. Foraker comes to the Institute for Public Health and I2 from The Ohio State University. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her research focused on evaluating the impact of socioeconomic status on incident cardiovascular disease, receipt of cardiovascular treatments, and the progression of heart failure.

She also received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and health promotion, respectively, from the University of Iowa. Her research portfolio has been supported by a combination of governmental and industry grants and contracts. Previously, Dr. Foraker served as an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at The Ohio State University College of Public Health.