Overview of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section

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

The mission of the MDHHS Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section is to provide 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.

Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section staff members work in the key focus areas shown below and produce a wide range of surveillance and epidemiologic products, such as the Michigan Chronic Disease GIS Book of Maps.

To learn more about their current work and access surveillance data and epidemiologic findings for a specific topic, simply click on an image or title below.


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Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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 






Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity


Oral Health 

Oral Health  

Michigan's Ongoing Stroke Registry to Accelerate Improvement of Care