NIH: Office of Disease Prevention


About Us

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Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

The mission of the ODP is to improve the public health by increasing the scope, quality, dissemination, and impact of prevention research supported by the NIH. The ODP will fulfill this mission by providing leadership for the development, coordination, and implementation of prevention research in collaboration with NIH Institutes and Centers and other partners.

Vision Statement

By 2018, the ODP will extend its value as a resource to the NIH and the broader prevention research community, providing guidance in prevention research methodology, identifying gaps in existing evidence and facilitating coordination of new activities to address those gaps, promoting quality improvements in the review of prevention research, and increasing the impact and visibility of prevention research.

Four Main Focus Areas

Research Coordination

The ODP facilitates research into disease prevention and health promotion at the NIH through the Prevention Research Coordinating Committee, in partnership with other federal agencies, and through collaborations with other public and private partners.

Evidence Assessment

The ODP operates the Pathways to Prevention program, which identifies research gaps in a selected scientific area, identifies methodological and scientific weaknesses in that area, suggests research needs, and moves the field forward through an unbiased, evidence-based assessment of a complex public health issue.

Training and Education

The ODP coordinates a variety of training and education programs, including: Medicine: Mind the Gap, a lecture series on cutting-edge differences between current science and practice, and the Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology, given each year by a prominent voice in prevention research.

Communications and Outreach

The ODP responds to public inquiries and media requests about NIH programs focused on prevention research. The goal is to provide timely, accurate information about disease prevention and health promotion research and about ODP’s programs to a wide variety of internal and external audiences.