Infectious disease epidemiology is one of the oldest fields of epidemiology. It seeks to understand the incidence, spread, and causes of infectious/communicable diseases in populations. Clinical infectious disease epidemiology aims to improve the scientific basis for developing effective preventive interventions that can reduce the risk and improve the prognosis of patients with infection.
At Department of Clinical Epidemiology, we examine risk factors and prognostic factors for infections. Our research focuses on associations between comorbidities such as cardiometabolic diseases and cancer, prescription medication use, and severe infections, including respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and bacteremia/sepsis. Current projects study the incidence and predictors of infections and use of antibiotics in the population, including infections as a complication of health care interventions. Another set of projects examine infections as a marker for subsequent chronic disease.