Epidemiology Data Resource Center

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Welcome to the Epidemiology Data Resource Center

The Epidemiology Data Resource Center (EDRC) is the Medical College of Wisconsin's centralized resource for secondary health and demographic data. The EDRC also provides expertise in the use of spatial data and geographic information systems, or GIS.  Read More.

The Epidemiology Data Resource Center is proud to be a part of the Institute for Health and Society


Read our First Annual Report here!

Epidemiology Data Resource Center

Epidemiology Data Resource Center (EDRC)


Dr. Beyer Finds that Green Space Contributes to Happiness

Kirsten Beyer, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health and Society, is lead author of a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health that found that the more green space a neighborhood has, the happier people feel.  Results from the approximately 2,500-person assessment show areas with more green space had a positive impact on the residents' state of mental health, specifically in regard to stress, anxiety and depression.  The study is a result of a collaborative effort with the University of Wisconsin's Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) project. WTOP in Washington, DC was one of many news outlets that covered the story.


New Course Offered in Health and Medical Geography!

The PhD Program in Public and Community Health is offering an onsite Health and Medical Geography course in Spring of 2014. The course will explore the intersections among geography, environments and public health. Review the flyer for more information or contact the course director, Dr. Kirsten Beyer, kbeyer@mcw.edu.


IRB and EDRC Release New Policy Governing Public Databases

The Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Epidemiology Data Resource Center (EDRC) announce the release of a new IRB policy governing human subject review of research involving secondary analysis of publicly available databases.

The new policy identifies several well-known databases as meeting the definition of publicly available including: American College of Surgeons National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB), and several of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (H-CUP) healthcare databases such as NIS, KID, SID and SEDD.  Investigators seeking to utilize NCI SEER and NIH dB GAP databases for their research will still need to submit an IRB application as these databases do not qualify as publicly available under this new policy. Read More.

These resources, and the full text of the new policy, can be found at: MCW defined Public Data Sets.

A full list of all EDRC Data Sets available can be found in the: EDRC Data Catalog.


Epidemiology Data Resource Center (EDRC)


EDRC Services

The EDRC offers a range of services including:

  • Providing summary statistics

  • Preparing data set extracts

  • Lending data management and preparation expertise

  • Assistance with long-term secondary data research projects

  • Mapping and other GIS services


The EDRC is happy to assist you with your data needs and projects for $100/hour. Please contact us at edrc@mcw.edu if you have questions regarding how many hours a project may take.


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