Patrick Remington

MD, MPH, Interim Director

P: (608) 263-1745 F: (608) 262-6404

University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Department of Population Health Sciences
610 Walnut Street, 550 WARF
Madison, WI 53726

Dr. Remington received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. From 1982-1984, he completed an epidemiology fellowship through the Centers for Disease Control, and was assigned as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer to the Michigan Department of Public Health in Lansing, Michigan. From 1984-1988, he was a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Nutrition at the CDC in Atlanta, where he completed his CDC Preventive Medicine Residency and, as part of the CDC Career Development Program, obtained an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. While at the CDC, he was the lead epidemiologist working on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys. This research focused on the epidemiology of behavioral risk factors in populations, including smoking, diet and weight control practices, alcohol use, and other risk factors.

From 1988 until 1997, he was the State Chronic Disease and Injury Epidemiologist and the Chief Medical Officer for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the Bureau of Public Health, Wisconsin Division of Health. During that time, majority of his research was on identifying characteristics and trends in mammography utilization. His research was one of the first to suggest that most, if not all, of the increase in breast cancer incidence was attributable to increasing rates of mammography in the population. He also conducted research on the effectiveness of interventions to increase the use of mammography in low-income, rural populations.

In July 1997, he joined the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin. He was the Associate Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the Population Health Institute, and founding director of the Master of Public Health Program, before assuming his current position as Associate Dean for Public Health in July 2009.

Dr. Remington’s current research interests are on methods used to measure the health of communities and on public health approaches to tobacco and cancer control. He has authored or co-authored over 220 publications. He teaches an introductory public health course in the new MPH program, and an advanced course on monitoring population health in the Population Health Sciences program.


Affiliate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Affiliate Professor, UW School of Nursing
Adjunct Professor, Department of Population Health, Medical College of Wisconsin
Federal Advisory Committee for Health People 2020, US Department of Health and Human Services
Medical Education and Research Executive Committee (MERC) UWSMPH
Medical Alumni Quarterly Editorial Board
Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Judge, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the College Board

Recent Honors and Awards

State Medical Society of Wisconsin 2000 Meritorious Service Award
Wisconsin Public Health Association, Barbara Lange Health Education Award, 1996


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