SER-IAPHS Collaboration

Join the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) and Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) for a joint webinar! Members of all organizations are welcome to participate!


Thanks to working group members Allison Aiello, David Savitz, Lindsey Leininger, Gregory Sharp for planning the events!


Michael Oakes is Associate Vice President for Research, Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders national program (see, and a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. He is a social epidemiologist with scholarly interest in social epidemiology, quantitative methods and research ethics. His research is substantively diverse but devoted to enhancing methods for explicating and understanding the social determinants of health. Read more

“Causal Inference and Population Health”

Dr. J. Michael Oakes

Date: May 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EST
Online Web Conference

Overview: With greater sophistication in formal causal inference and a renewed emphasis on research that has real-world impact, we should be in a veritable epidemiological renaissance of research that influences policy.  Yet, the extent to which epidemiology contributes to policy seems to have changed very little over the past 10 years. While causal inference approaches promise greater clarity, some have argued that this framework is less readily applied to complex social exposures. Approaches from the discipline of population health may provide insights into how we might better address complex exposures and test theory that may more directly influence policy for shifting population health.   The purpose of this joint SER and IAPHS symposium is to discuss how combining approaches in Epidemiology and Population Health can better identify paths for moving research towards policy relevant results for improving population health.