Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA

Director, Center for Population Health Informatics (CPHI)

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences, School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Public Health, Brown School

Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA, is focused on applying epidemiology and informatics techniques to solve problems in the population health domain.


Randi Foraker, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Population Health Informatics at the Institute for Informatics (I2) and an Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Foraker also serves as Director of the Data and Training Center for the Institute for Public Health. Dr. Foraker specializes in the design of population-based studies and the integration of electronic health record data with socioeconomic indicators, and is well recognized in the field of cardiovascular disease epidemiology. Her recent research has focused on the application of clinical decision support to complement risk scoring in primary care, cardiology, and oncology. Her research portfolio has been supported by a combination of governmental and industry grants and contracts. Previously, Dr. Foraker served as an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at The Ohio State University College of Public Health.

Dr. Foraker received her PhD in epidemiology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her research focused on evaluating the impact of socioeconomic status on incident cardiovascular disease, receipt of cardiovascular treatments, and the progression of heart failure. Dr. Foraker also received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and health promotion, respectively, from The University of Iowa.

Research Interests

  • Approaches for the integration of socioeconomic and patient-reported outcome data with electronic health record data
  • Interventional approaches to the use of electronic health records in order to address modifiable risk factors for disease and enable patient-centered decision making
  • Study design methodology and data analysis

Lab Members

  • Aixia Guo, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Institute for Informatics
  • Josh Landman, MS, PhD Candidate, Washington University in St. Louis, Division of Computational & Data Sciences