Arden Handler, DrPH, MPH
Interim Division Director, Director of Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health
Community Health Sciences
Building & Room:
1603 W. Taylor St.
Arden Handler’s career reflects her long-standing commitment to improving the health of women, children and families. She received a BS from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology in Community Organization in 1976, her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina in 1980, with a DrPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health in Community Health Sciences in 1987. She has been on the faculty at the University of Illinois School of Public Health (UIC-SPH) since June 1987. She is currently Interim Division Director of Community Health Sciences, PI and Director of the UIC-SPH Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, and PI and Director of the UIC-SPH MCH Epidemiology Program at the UIC School of Public Health. She teaches courses in Maternal and Child Health policy and systems as well as courses in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. Her research focuses on the exploration of factors that increase inequities in adverse pregnancy outcomes and examination of the ways in which the health care delivery system, particularly prenatal care, perinatal care, postpartum care, and preconception/interconception/well-woman health care can ameliorate these inequities. She has conducted a number of evaluation projects focused on reducing racial/ethnic disparities in adverse pregnancy outcomes and has conducted a number of studies on women’s access, satisfaction, and utilization of prenatal care. She recently completed implementation of the Kellogg funded Well-Woman Project, is currently the evaluator for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, and is working on a number of research projects related to postpartum care and contraception, including testing the feasibility of incorporating use of a reproductive life planning tool at the Well-Baby Visit. She is a former member of the US Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality.