Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS)

A mere 14 percent of biomedical research is ever translated into practice, and among these 17 years pass on average from the time a research article is submitted to eventual implementation. Cervical cancer, for example, is now uncommon in North America and Western Europe, but it remains a leading cause of cancer mortality among women in low- and middle-income countries. Similar patterns exist for HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science

Yale School of Public Health's new Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) was created to develop and disseminate innovative methodologic approaches to address these implementation gaps and directly improve health outcomes worldwide. 

Our Approach

We strategically select the health issues that carry the greatest burden and hold the greatest promise for amelioration. Among the topics that CMIPS is addressing are novel study designs to identify effective intervention strategies in resource-constrained settings. We use stepped wedge and learn as you go research designs, two-stage designs and quasi-experimental designs that utilize and integrate existing stores of previously untapped data. This “big data” includes electronic medical records, surveillance systems and population surveys, which can be deployed to obtain timely answers to key public health policy and health care questions. 

Our Expertise

CMIPS faculty and staff include experts in causal inference, survival data analysis, longitudinal analysis, computing and optimization, measurement error, high-dimensional data reduction, network science, epidemiologic methods, health economics and qualitative and mixed methods. CMIPS’ goal is to become a leading global center for translating research findings into real-word applications that improve public health in diverse settings.  



Donna Spiegelman, ScD

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics

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