Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control

Clinical Strengths

Healthcare epidemiology and infection control are critical activities for patient safety. The training that we provide lays a solid foundation in infection prevention and prepares fellows for advanced training towards leadership roles as hospital epidemiologists. 

RUMC and CCHHS feature robust infection control programs led by seasoned healthcare epidemiologists and infection preventionist. The programs utilize cutting-edge surveillance and prevention strategies to reduce hospital acquired infections.

Fellows receive didactic teaching in healthcare epidemiology as a part of their core training. The RUMC infection control department also hosts a monthly infection control ‘lunch and learn’ session that is geared toward learning about new concepts in infection control. Fellows interested in acquiring practical experience in infection prevention can participate in outbreak investigations, perform quality improvement projects, and attend monthly departmental infection control meetings, under the mentorship of Rush faculty.

Research Excellence

Our fellowship program seeks to prepare fellows interested in a career in academic medicine. Fellows in our training program have the opportunity to advance science through mentored research during their two-year fellowship. Interested fellows may apply for a funded 3rd year of fellowship dedicated to research training, usually focused on healthcare epidemiology. Do Young Kim, MD, research fellow, was awarded the Leadership in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Public Health (LEAP) fellowship this year. The LEAP Fellowship training award was granted competitively by the IDSA, SHEA and PIDS to four promising young ID physicians from across the US. 

The Chicago Prevention and Intervention Epicenter at RUMC/CCH is one of eleven CDC Prevention Epicenters in the United States. Our Epicenter program, continuously funded since 2006, provides unparalleled opportunities for fellows to collaborate with CDC, state and local public health authorities, and other academic institutions to prevent healthcare associated infections. Our faculty have received over $12.5 million in CDC and NIH funding over the last 5 years to conduct innovative infection control and prevention research.

Current areas of healthcare epidemiology research include the following: