Public Health Sciences
What we do
The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS), within Henry Ford Health, has a rich history in biostatistical innovation and epidemiologic breakthroughs. In the late 1980's we investigated the distribution and determinants of environmental disease partnering with the Detroit-based auto industry to protect factory workers. In 1990s, our biostatistics and data coordinating center (or just data coordinating center) involved in designing, conducting and publishing the results from the landmark rt-PA Stroke Study in the New England Journal (1995) that forever changed treatment guidelines for ischemic stroke.
Over the many decades since then, Public Health Sciences, has expanded its areas of research, collaborations, capabilities, and staff. We have grown into one of the top NIH-funded health system-based departments of public health sciences, with research spanning from molecular, immunological, and genetic focus to a personalized, population-based, and community vision. PHS has developed the infrastructure to support our full spectrum of research, from laboratory to clinical and population science, and is home to dozens of independently funded researchers who, while maintaining their personal research visions, work side-by-side with clinical and basic science colleagues to learn, collaborate, and share expertise to fulfill our Mission.
Gilbert Family Foundation Contributes Nearly $375 Million in Partnership with Henry Ford Health to Bring Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to Detroit and Create the Nick Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Research Institute
- World-renowned Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to partner with Henry Ford Health on inpatient rehabilitation hospital embedded within new patient tower at Henry Ford Hospital, with plans for expansion
- First-of-its-kind neurofibromatosis (NF) institute, named after Dan and Jennifer Gilbert’s late son, Nicolas, to house groundbreaking research advancing toward a cure for NF and increasing access to personalized care
- Nick Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Research Institute to be housed inside the groundbreaking new Henry Ford Health + Michigan State University Health Sciences research facility