Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medical Social Sciences


The Department of Medical Social Sciences’ faculty members participate in the education of the student populations at Northwestern University and Feinberg through classroom teaching and research training, as well as professional and public education locally, nationally, and internationally.

Educational Programs


Our education efforts are primarily concentrated in graduate and postgraduate training, yet faculty members also contribute to undergraduate education in multiple ways.

These contributions include joint appointments in the Northwestern University Dept. of Psychology, mentoring in programs such as the Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunities program, Lurie Cancer Center's CURE program, and intern programs in BMHO and ISGMH programs.  Several faculty members also mentors for undergraduates in independent research studies.


Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program

Northwestern University Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program. Our faculty members contribute to education in many specialties at Feinberg (on topics related to MSS or through appointments in other departments) and to students throughout the university system.

MD Students

With the renewed curriculum, students choose an area of scholarly concentration, which includes a closely mentored project and writing of a thesis. The Department of Medical Social Sciences offers a mentoring opportunity that medical students may choose for their concentration.

Learn more about the Medical Social Sciences & Outcomes Research area of scholarly concentration.

Faculty looking to inspire future leaders are encouraged to explore this collection of teaching opportunities with our MD Program.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows participate in many research activities. For more information regarding research and training opportunities, postdoctoral candidates should contact Patrick Janulis PhD.  Learn more about our MSS Postdoctoral Fellows

Information about individual faculty research can be found in the faculty member's profile.

Professional and Public Education

Community involvement and education are priorities of the department. Public education is a frequent product of our research, and faculty members regularly present at field-related local and international professional events. Get details on upcoming presentations via our Conferences, Presentations, and Workshops page.

Director of Education-Medical Social Sciences

Medical Social Sciences
633 N. St Clair, 19th Floor
Chicago IL 60611


MSS contributes to the broader world of social science research and education through instructional webinars.

Conceptual Introduction to Item Response Theory (IRT) 
by Karon F. Cook, PhD

PROMIS Webinar
by Nan Rothrock, PhD