Cohort study is one of the important epidemiological methods. Using cohort study design, we can accurately and continuously collect genetic and environmental information, and identify and validate omic biomarkers to provide evidences for precision public health and medicine. However, most of the existing cohort studies are self-contained, independent, lack of visibility, with insufficient co-operation and data sharing. The academic value of the existing data collected in these cohort studies have not been fully exploited and utilized so far. Therefore, this platform aims to establish a multi-level three-dimensional cooperation and data sharing strategy. We hope that it will encourage researchers from public health, clinical and other related fields to work more closely through providing data management, data integration, data interaction, tools development, data repositories and other functions.
The School of Public Health was set up in 1931 by the name of Public Health Office of the Peking University (PKU) Medical School. In the 1952 national restructuring of higher education institutions, the medical school was separated from Peking University and promoted Beijing Medical College. The office was consequently elevated to a department four years later and then a school in June, 1985. In 2000, Beijing Medical College remerged with Peking University and has since been known as Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC), of which the School of Public Health constitutes an important part. Over the past 60 years, the school has grown from an office of fewer than ten staff members to a leading public health school in China that boasts 174 faculty members and a full range of disciplines. Its alumni are found all over the world playing major roles in preventive medicine, public health, health management and medical education.