Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medical Social Sciences

Supporting highly multidisciplinary, collaborative research efforts.


In the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, we leverage the social sciences, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology and economics, to create and apply innovations that improve the health of our community and our society. We are leaders in health measurement, quality-of-life measures, outcomes science and statistical tools to support clinical research.

Incorporating social science into biomedical research, mobilizing patients to participate in their care and acknowledging the emotional component of treatment are becoming more common practices as the value of these elements becomes more apparent.”

David Cella, PhD
Director, Department of Medical Social Sciences

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Explore Our Department


Our faculty members participate in classroom teaching and research training at Feinberg, as well as professional and public education efforts locally, nationally and internationally.

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Research Hubs

Our research portfolio is grouped into four defining scientific hubs; explore the hubs and our faculty members' diverse research interests.

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Core Services

We offer core services and expertise in outcomes research, including questionnaire and survey development and technical design. 

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Our Institutes

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing and the Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences are university-wide institutes led by our faculty. These institutes serve as scientific and community hubs for cultivating talent, collaboration and innovation at the intersections of traditional disciplines.

Faculty Spotlight

Franklin, Patricia D

Patricia D Franklin, MD, MPH, MBA

Professor of Medical Social Sciences and Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Patricia Franklin is the newest addition to the Department of Medical Social Sciences. We are pleased to have Dr. Franklin join our team as the Co-Director of the Outcomes and Measurement Science Hub. Dr. Franklin serves as the Principal Investigator of the FORCE-TJR research registry, which established an international reputation for implementing patient-reported outcomes (PROs) as the primary outcome following total joint replacement surgery. She is currently leading a multi-center trial of real-time, PRO-based, shared decision reports to guide treatment decisions for  knee and hip osteoarthritis

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