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Division of Epidemiology Center for Innovation in Measuring Population Health

Center for Innovation in Measuring Population Health

At the Center for Innovation in Measuring Population Health (CIMPH), part of NYU Langone’s Department of Population Health, our mission is to develop innovative surveillance data sources and methodologies to better understand the relationship between population health and social determinants, and to monitor the unequal health of populations across demographic and social groups—particularly in urban settings.

To improve population health monitoring, we design new techniques to collect, analyze, and distribute information and use novel methods and metrics. This includes population-based surveillance of chronic conditions using electronic health record networks, health examination and biomarker surveys, and the use of dashboards and mapping to make data more accessible.

We use our findings to advise health researchers, policymakers, and organizations on allocating resources and designing policies and programs to improve population health. We also strive to educate the next generation of leaders in population health surveillance and encourage public discourse about the health of populations.

Our Vision

Our vision at the center is sixfold:

  • We develop leading techniques to understand population health, including designing new data surveillance approaches and developing new ways to measure social determinants of health.
  • We investigate previously uncharacterized health problems by linking disparate data sources together, applying advanced informatics methods.
  • We serve as a repository of local, state, and national data streams and advance methods in these settings to conduct data analysis and improve access to data.
  • We develop methods to leverage healthcare data sources to support approaches to data surveillance and improve population health.
  • We collaborate across NYU and NYU Langone to evaluate municipal policies, programs, and healthcare initiatives in order to translate research discoveries into practical application.
  • We support efforts of the Urban Health Innovations Lab at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn to conduct research and target programs to populations.

Active Projects

We are actively working in New York City and across the country on several population health data surveillance resources, web visualization tools, and other projects.

New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

The New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, or NYC HANES, is a citywide health survey that incorporates clinical and laboratory measurements to capture data about New Yorkers’ disease burden, risk factors, and exposure to toxic chemicals like lead, complete with a biorepository. We work on NYC HANES with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

City Health Dashboard

The City Health Dashboard equips cities with a one-stop resource to view and compare data from multiple sources on health and the factors that shape health to guide local solutions. We work on the City Health Dashboard with the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the National Resource Network, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Our Team

Our faculty, research staff, students, and visiting scholars come from the fields of epidemiology, geography, and medicine, with backgrounds in health surveillance, data science, and multilevel modeling.


Lorna E. Thorpe, PhD, MPH
Director, Center for Innovation in Measuring Population Health
Director and Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Population Health

Justin M. Feldman, ScD, MPH
Assistant Director, Center for Innovation in Measuring Population Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Affiliated Staff

Sarah Conderino, MS
Data Scientist

Rania Kanchi, MPH
Data Manager

Priscilla Lopez, MPH
Research and Evaluation Coordinator

Ben Spoer, MPH
Director of Metrics and Analytics, City Health Dashboard

Affiliated Faculty

Marc N. Gourevitch, MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Population Health
The Muriel G. and George W. Singer Professor of Population Health, Department of Population Health
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry

David C. Lee, MD, MSHP
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health and Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Hua (Judy) Zhong, PhD
Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Environmental Medicine

Contact Us

To learn more about our center, please contact Dr. Thorpe at