Epidemiology is foundational to clinical and population sciences research and central to Mayo Clinic's mission of improving health. Our Division of Epidemiology has a national and internationally recognized reputation of excellence and is uniquely positioned, building on a legacy of exceptional epidemiologic research, to address urgent clinical and population health questions across the full translational research spectrum. Our ongoing research programs focus primarily on complex diseases including cancer, cardiometabolic diseases, neurologic diseases, and musculoskeletal diseases.

Most studies conducted within our division are funded by the National Institutes of Health and focus on clinical, family and population-based studies. These include the Rochester Epidemiology Project, which is a medical records-linkage system containing persons residing in 27 counties of southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The division also is home to the Survey Research Center that serves as an institutional resource for conducting mail, web and telephone surveys for research purposes or clinical care including remote patient monitoring.

Part of Mayo Clinic's Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, the Division of Epidemiology includes approximately 125 members with expertise at the doctoral, masters or bachelor's level. The division is represented at all Mayo Clinic campuses in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona.


  • Division chair: Lila J. Rutten, Ph.D.
  • Administrator: David M. Moertel, M.B.A.
  • Operations manager: Jolaine M. Hines, M.S.