Overview of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section

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Chronic Disease Epidemiology Unit

The MDHHS Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section is housed within the Lifecourse Epidemiology and Genomics Division. The section provides an epidemiologic understanding of prevention, management and control of chronic diseases in Michigan, and supports the surveillance, planning, targeting, and evaluation needs of a variety of departmental programs.

About Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases account for seven of the 10 leading causes of death in Michigan and are responsible for a great deal of morbidity and disability.

More than 60 percent of Michigan's adult population suffers from a chronic disabling condition, such as arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes. In addition, over 95 percent of Michigan adults report behaviors that can lead to many chronic diseases, such as smoking, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and alcohol use.

Our Mission and Vision Guide Our Work

Our Section's Mission and Vision provide the cornerstones for our day-to-day work in support of chronic disease prevention, management and control efforts throughout the state.

  • CDES Mission: The Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section provides surveillance data to guide evidence-based public health programs and policies to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes in Michigan. The section develops diverse partnerships to raise community awareness and educate stakeholders and the public. (adopted June 2018)
  • CDES Vision: Through epidemiologic methods with a focus on surveillance, evaluation, and quality improvement of care support, we will reduce health disparities and improve health behaviors and outcomes for all Michigan Residents. (adopted September 2018)

CDES staff members are active in a number of key focus areas (see below) and produce a wide range of surveillance and epidemiologic products.

To learn more about our work and access the most current surveillance data and epidemiologic findings for a specific topic, please click on an image or title below or contact our office at 517-335-8806.


Survivor Tree

Cancer Epidemiology


Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System


Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section
Lifecourse Epidemiology & Genomics Division
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 30195
333 S. Grand Ave.
Lansing, MI 48909-30195

Phone: 517-335-8806

Cancer Genomics 

Cancer Genomics 



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Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition
& Physical Activity

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity


Oral Health 

Oral Health  

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