Epidemiology Faculty and Staff


Carol R. Hogue  

Updated: 07/08/2013    [update]
Professor (Graduate Faculty)

Jules and Deen Terry Professor of Maternal and Child Health
Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Women's and Children's Center

Department of:

1518 Clifton Rd NE
Room 3005
Atlanta, GA 30322
tel: (404) 727-8095
fax: 404-727-8737

AB, 1966, William Jewel College
MPH, 1971, University of North Carolina
PhD, 1973, University of North Carolina
Additional Appointment(s):
Women's Studies, Emory College, Jointly Appointed
Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Jointly Appointed
Courses Taught:
EPI 516: Issues In Women's Health
EPI 592E: Applied MCH Epidemiology I
Career Overview:
Dr. Hogue was appointed Professor of Epidemiology and Jules & Uldeen Terry Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in 1992. For a decade before that, she was at the federal Centers for Disease Control, Division of Reproductive Health, where she was chief of the Pregnancy Epidemiology Branch (1982-88) and then Director of the Division (1988-1992). Prior to her government service, she was on the Biometry faculty of Arkansas medical school (1977-82) and the Biostatistics faculty of UNC-CH School of Public Health (1974-77). While at CDC, Dr. Hogue initiated many of the current CDC reproductive health programs, including the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), the National Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System, and the National Infant Mortality Surveillance (NIMS) project that initiated the national and state-level development and use of linked birth and death records. In addition, Dr. Hogue led the first research on maternal morbidities that was the precursor to the current safe motherhood initiative, and the initial innovative research on racial disparities in preterm delivery that found that college-educated African American women have a three-fold risk of very preterm delivery, when compared to college-educated White women. This discovery has triggered further research into biological, biosocial, and environmental causes of this as-yet unexplained excess risk. Her ongoing research interests include the long-term effects of induced abortion, epidemiology of preterm delivery, and the impact of pregnancy complications on minority health. She has published broadly in maternal health, including studies of ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, unintended pregnancy, contraceptive failure, and reproductive cancers. She has a long-standing interest in environmental impacts on reproductive health. With Carole Kimmel and others, she published a study in 1984 on the reliability of experimental studies for predicting hazards to human development.  Her subsequent research has focused on the effects of risk factors such as smoking, obesity and environmental stress on reproductive health. She is lead editor of the book, Minority Health in America (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2000) and of a 2001 supplement to the journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, entitled "New Perspectives on the Stubborn Challenge of Preterm Birth.” Currently she is PI of the Emory Center in the NICHD-funded Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network as well as PI of the Emory National Children’s Study Center for Wave 2.  She is also leading intervention research into reducing obesity among African American women healthcare workers, funded by an RO1 grant from CDC and a CSREES grant from USDA. Among her many honors, Dr. Hogue served as President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (1988-89), served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Unintended Pregnancy (1993-1995), was Chair of the Regional Advisory Panel for the Americas of the World Health Organization Human Reproduction Programme (1997-99), President of the American College of Epidemiology (2002-4), Senior Fellow of the Emory Center for the Study of Law and Religion (2001-6), and received the MCH Coalition’s National Effective Practice Award in 2002. 
Selected Research Projects:
HHSN267200800007C    Hogue (PI)                                     9/29/08 - 9/28/13
National Children's Study
The National Children’s Study will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21. The goal of the study is to improve the health and well-being of children.  This contract includes Wave 2 counties of Baldwin (Georgia) and Bradley (Tennessee).
HHSN267200700007C     Stoll (PI)                                        9/28/07 – 9/27/12
National Children’s Study
Role: Lead for DeKalb County Site
The National Children’s Study will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21. The goal of the study is to improve the health and well-being of children.  This Wave 1 contract includes DeKalb and Fayette Counties in Georgia.
#T03 MC 00003                Hogue (PI)                                     7/1/00-6/30/09                        
Dissertation Support for Applied MCH Epidemiology
PhD students are recruited to work with faculty on applied MCH research projects and to do their dissertation research in an applied setting. Current dissertation projects include a case-control study of the risk of outdoor air pollution in metro Atlanta coincidence of birth defects and the impact of obesity on oral contraceptive failure.
5 U10 HD 45925-02          Stoll (PI) Years 1-5; Hogue (PI) Years 6-7            9/26/03-7/31/10                                                                            
Research on the Scope and Causes of Stillbirth in the United States
This study is intended to study the scope and causes of stillbirth in the United States. It is a joint program between the Emory University School of Medicine, the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and The Metropolitan Atlanta Stillbirth Study Coalition, a consortium of 7 hospitals located within the boundaries of the City of Atlanta. Years 6 and 7 include analysis of data from the case-control study and the conduct of a followup study for which Dr. Hogue is Network PI.
1 R01 DP000106-01         Hogue (PI)                                     10/1/04-9/30/09
PRISE: Worksite Fitness for African American Women
This study is intended to study the effects of physical, environmental, and dietary interventions on obese/overweight African American women in the workplace, with the goal of improving health and fitness levels.
2006-55215-16692            Hogue (PI)                                     3/1/06-2/28/09
POWER Lunches to Increase Nutrition Efficacy Among African American Women Employees enrolled in the Grady PRISE Physical Fitness Project
This study’s goal is to develop and disseminate a sustainable approach to long-term nutrition improvement for employed African American women, in conjunction with the PRISE project.
1 T32 HD052460-01         Drews-Botsch (PI)                        05/01/06-04/30/11
Training in Reproductive, Perinatal, Pediatric Epidemiology
Role: Original PI; now Director, Perinatal Core
This study is designed to train pre-doctoral students in the discipline of epidemiology and to prepare them as both researchers and teachers. Dr. Hogue was the original PI.
Hogue, co-chair                                                               9/1/06-8/31/11                                25%
Emory University                                                             $555,344)
Religion and Health Collaborative
As part of Emory University’s strategic theme “Confronting the Human Experience and the Human Condition,” the Religion and Health collaborative will explore the intersection of religion and public health through research, academic programs, and community involvement.
Promoting Women’s Health Grant (Gaydos)               1/01/07 – 12/31/07                        1% in-kind
Atlanta Women’s Foundation                                        $21,000
The Preserving Women’s Well-Being Advocacy Coalition
The major goal of this study is to generate information sharing partnerships between Public Health researchers and Georgia state legislators in order to better inform reproductive health debates.
6 D09HP02991-01-02 (Strickland, PI)                         7/1/99-6/30/07                                5%
HRSA                                                                               $97,243
PhD In Nursing Program: Enhanced Doctoral Education
Role: Mentor
#S1768-21/31                   Hogue (PI)                                     10/01/01-9/30/06                                            
Certificate Training Program for MCH Epidemiologists
This distance-based learning program is intended to assist working public health professionals to obtain essential training in maternal and child health epidemiology while continuing their employment. It is linked with the Career MPH Program, in which a new option in MCH Epidemiology is available.
S2158-22/23                     Hogue (PI)                                     6/1/03-9/30/06
Distance Education for Field-Based BD/DD Epidemiologists
This distance-based learning program is intended to assist working public health professionals in birth defects and developmental disabilities to obtain essential training while continuing their employment. It is linked with the Career MPH Program, in which a new option in MCH Epidemiology is available. 
Selected Publications:
Hogue CJR.
Demographics and Exposures. Chapter. In Stillbirth: Prediction, Prevention, and Management, ed. Catherine Y. Spong.
Oxford Press
, 57-81, 2011.
Hogue CJR, Silver RM.
Racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. stillbirth rates: Trends, risk factors, and research needs.
Seminars in Perinatology.
, 2011.
Hogue CJ, Menon R, Dunlop AL, Kramer M.
Racial disparities in preterm birth rates and short interpregnancy interval. An overview.
Acta Obstet Gynecol Scandinavica
, 2011.
Kramer MR, Cooper H, Drews-Botsch CD, Hogue CJ Waller L.
Metropolitan isolation segregation and black-white disparities in very preterm birth: A test of mediating pathways and variance explained.
Social Science & Medicine.
, 2011.
Gaydos LMD, Kramer MR, Hogue CJ.
Development of a Measure of Preconception Pregnancy Readiness.
International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health.
, 3: 381-390, 2010.
Other affiliations and Activities:
Special Emphasis Panel, Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, June 12, 2006
Ad Hoc Review Committee on Fetal Effects on Adult Chronic Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 2001
Subcommittee on Clinic Investigators, Peer Review Oversight Group, National Institutes of Health, 1997-1998
Environmental Health Study Section, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 1993-1997
Epidemiology and Disease Control Study Section, National Institutes of Health, 1982-1986
·        Steering Committee, WHO Multicountry Study on Maternal and Perinatal Health, 2008-2010
·        March of Dimes National Organization, Perinatal Advisory Committee, 2002 - present
·        World Health Organization, Human Reproduction Programme, Subcommittee for the Americas, Resources for Research, 1991-1996; Chair, Regional Advisory Panel (Americas Region), 1997-1999; Ad Hoc Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, 1998-2000.    
·        Latin American Perinatal Center, Montevideo, Uruguay, 1997-present
·        Junior League of Atlanta, Community Advisory Board, 1998-present
·        UNICEF Child Survival Awards Committee, 1994-present
·        Institute of Medicine Committee on Unintended Pregnancy, 1993-1996
·        Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of South Florida, 1993-2005
·        Department of Maternal and Child Health University, of Alabama at Birmingham, 1993-1999
·        Low Birthweight PORT, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1993-1998
·        MedTech Program, Morehouse School of Medicine, 1991 - 1997
·        Toward Improved Outcome of Pregnancy, 1989-1992
·        Expert Panel on Content of Prenatal Care, 1985-1990
·        American College of Epidemiology (elected fellow, 1983). Membership Committee, 1996-2000. Board of Directors, 1999-2004; president-elect, 2001; president, 2002; past President 2003; past past President 2004.
·        American Epidemiological Society (1985)
·        American Public Health Association (1974). First Program Chair, Population Section, 1978.
·        Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (1992).
·        Delta Omega, Theta Chapter (1975)
·        International Epidemiological Association (1977)
·        MCH Council, Association of Schools of Public Health (appointed to represent the Rollins School of Public Health, 1998). Elected Chair, 1999-2001.
·        Planned Parenthood Federation of America (1984)
·        Population Association of America (1979)
·        Society for Epidemiologic Research (1979). Executive Committee, 1978-81. President (elect, president, past, and past past), 1987-1990; Senior Faculty, 1998.
Curriculum Vitae
Link to this page: http://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/CHOGUE