NIH: Office of Disease Prevention


About Us

The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) is the lead office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) responsible for assessing, facilitating, and stimulating research in disease prevention and health promotion, and disseminating the results of this research to improve public health.

Prevention is preferable to treatment, and research on disease prevention is an important part of the NIH's mission. The knowledge gained from this research leads to stronger clinical practice, health policy, and community health programs.


The mission of the ODP is to improve the public health by increasing the scope, quality, dissemination, and impact of prevention research supported by the NIH.

The ODP will fulfill this mission by providing leadership for the development, coordination, and implementation of prevention research in collaboration with NIH Institutes and Centers and other partners.


By 2018, the ODP will extend its value as a resource to the NIH and the broader prevention research community, providing guidance in prevention research methodology, identifying gaps in existing evidence and facilitating coordination of new activities to address those gaps, promoting quality improvements in the review of prevention research, and increasing the impact and visibility of prevention research.

Focus Areas

1. Research Coordination

The ODP coordinates prevention research and related activities and fosters collaboration in disease prevention research across multiple disciplines.

2. Evidence Assessment

The ODP works with its partners to provide scientific input on various topics with the goal of sharing high-quality, evidence-based information to move the field forward.

3. Training and Education

The ODP coordinates seminars and workshops to educate scientists and the public about prevention research. In addition, the ODP provides a list of training opportunities and develops its own training courses to help researchers conduct high-quality disease prevention research.

4. Communications and Outreach

The ODP provides timely, accurate information about disease prevention research supported by the NIH through its website, social media channels, and other outreach tools. In addition, the ODP works with various media outlets by responding to their inquiries and requests for interviews with subject matter experts.

Organizational Structure

Located in the ODP, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) enhances research efforts that determine the benefits and risks of dietary supplements. The mission of the ODS is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health.

Learn more about ODS programs and activities »

The ODP is a part of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) within the NIH Office of the Director. DPCPSI identifies and reports on research on important areas of emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis. In addition to disease prevention, DPCPSI also includes major programmatic offices that coordinate research and activities related to AIDS, behavioral and social sciences, women’s health, and research infrastructure.

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