Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH

Credentials: Principal Investigator


Phone: (608) 265-0559

Room 658 WARF
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

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Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School, completed her internship and residency training in General Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and received an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was recruited to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014, where she is currently director of the new Division of Reproductive and Population Health in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Population Health Sciences. Her research focuses on the health of women and children over the life course. She is the PI of the Health Disparities Research Scholars (T32) Postdoctoral Training Program, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In addition, she is the PI/Director of the *new* University of Wisconsin-Madison Prevention Research Center, one of 25 academic institutions to receive five-years (2019 – 2024) of funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and maintain a Prevention Research Center. The goal of this new center is to improve the health of low-income women, infants, and families by conducting health promotion and disease prevention research focused on maternal, infant, and child health.


1980 B.A. (Chemistry), Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT;
1986 MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA ;
2011 MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Research Focus:

Dr. Ehrenthal’s research focuses on three intersecting areas of women’s health and maternal and child health where health disparities are of fundamental importance: perinatal health and health care, women’s cardiovascular disease, and child health. Much of her work explores the associations of women’s health and health care with perinatal and long-term outcomes of mothers and infants, guided by clinical and policy questions of importance to public health. Her 22 years working at a large academic community hospital gave her “in-the-trenches” experience designing and implementing programs targeting high-risk women in the clinical office practice and inpatient services. In addition, she has developed methods to use data from administrative and medical records, linked to other data sources, to study health care delivery and health disparities.


Disparities in Perinatal Outcomes
Contraception and Family Planning
Big Data for Little Kids (BD4LK)
Maternal Morbidity and Mortality
Pregnancy as a Window to Future Health

Recent Honors and Awards:

MPH Capstone Award for Outstanding Achievement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2012)
Delta Omega Society, Alpha Chapter (2012)
Health Equity Award, Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium (2014)
Lifecourse Initiative for Health Families Endowed Chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015)
Vilas Mid-Career Investigator Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018)
Women’s Health Champion, Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (2018)

Ehrenthal CV