Centers & Initiatives

Where in the World...

UM SPH faculty and students engage in research and collaborative projects worldwide. A sampling of global health initiatives.

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Brief Descriptions of the Centers

University of Michigan Collaborations

collaboration tree
Use an interactive interface to explore the many branches of the School of Public Health's collaborations across campus.

Statistical Analysis of Biomedical and Educational Research (SABER)
Part of the of the Center for the Advancement of Clinical Research (CACR), SABER provides expertise in clinical trial design, outcomes research, quality of life research, database management and data analysis for multi-center clinical trials and multi-disciplinary research.

Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Studies
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Public Health Foundation, the center conducts research on public health workforce capacity, including development of models to predict workforce capacity in various disciplines and analysis of data collected by national public health organizations.

Center for Cancer Biostatistics
Collaborates with Cancer Center investigators in cancer related research.

Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR)
A National Cancer Institute 'Center of Excellence' working to develop and employ a systematic, iterative process to discovering optimal population-based health communications strategies tailored to specificcharacteristics of the individual.

Center for Integrated Approaches to Complex Diseases (CIACD)
Specializes in the study of multifaceted diseases, usually chronic diseases such as diabetes and osteoporosis. CIACD works to understand the course of development of these diseases, as well as the factors that contribute to variations in the course of development, such as genetics, environment, and aging.

Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities (CIAHD)
Helping to understand the determinants of minority health and health disparities, CIAHD is a collaboration between UM and the Jackson Heart Study through its partners the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Jackson State University.

Center for Law, Ethics, and Health (CLEH)
Established to examine the law’s influence on the nation’s two health systems: the health care delivery system, which is concerned with individual health outcomes; and the public health system, which is designed to protect the health of communities.

Center for Managing Chronic Disease
Aims to build the capacity for effective chronic disease prevention and management. The center's focus is people at risk and those who help them--families, clinicians, communities, and systems-with emphasis on the most vulnerable. The center conducts innovative research and disseminates results that can help to change policy and practice.

Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (MAC-EPID)
Combines population approaches with modern molecular genetic techniques to better understand the pathogenesis, transmission, and evolution of infectious agents that impact human health, and ultimately to translate this understanding to the prevention and treatment of the diseases these agents cause.

Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE)
The University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE) is a NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC). The mission of the Center is to serve the region, nation, and world as a center of excellence for research and graduate education in Occupational Health & Safety.

Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH)
A forum for faculty and students interested in interdisciplinary investigations of the social determinants of U.S. racial and ethnic group differences in health status and health behaviors. The center seeks to develop and test new theoretical perspectives for public health research and interventions for an increasingly multi-ethnic, multicultural society.

Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities (SexLab)
The Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities (SexLab) conducts applied social research on sexuality-related health disparities. Our studies seek to identify innovative strategies to inform sexual health promotion interventions, including the prevention of HIV/STI infection and transmission, and decrease other sexuality-related health disparities.

Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health (CSEPH)
An inter- and multidisciplinary effort devoted to understanding health inequalities from socioeconomic, behavioral, social, psychological, biological, developmental, community, and international perspectives.

Center for Statistical Genetics
Encourages methodological and applied research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and genetics; supports collaborative research to increase our understanding of human health, disease, and evolution; and encourages collaboration and technology transfer between academia and private industry.

Center for Value-Based Insurance Design
Engages in the design, evaluation, and promotion of health insurance products created to achieve improvements in health outcomes while managing costs faced by patients and employers.

Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC)
Funded by the CDC, the URC is a partnership involving UM SPH and School of Nursing, the Detroit Health Department, nine community-based organizations, and Henry Ford Health System. The URC is promotes and supports interdisciplinary, collaborative, community-based participatory research that both improves the health and quality of life of families and communities in Detroit.

Griffith Leadership Center
The GLC promotes and supports excellence in health management and policy leaders by strengthening the connections among research, teaching and practice. The GLC creates opportunities for lifelong learning and leadership development. In addition, the center attempts to lead initiatives to promote and support translational research that addresses critical health and health policy issues to improve health management and policy decision making.

HBHE Genetics Research Group
The HBHE Genetics Group mission is to improve understanding of the behavioral implications of expanding genetic knowledge.

Health & Society Scholars Program
The Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program at the University of Michigan is dedicated to understanding and improving population health. It works to train future leaders and scholars who understand the links between society and health.

Healthy Environments Partnership
HEP is a project of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center. HEP represents a partnership between various Detroit-based and Detroit area organizations working together to learn more about how the social environment and the physical environment in three Detroit neighborhoods are linked to risk for heart disease.

Learning Health System

Michigan Center for Public Health & Community Genomics
This center aims to further the integration of genomic discoveries into public health practice. Focus areas include increasing the knowledge base; collaborating with public health organizations; addressing ethical, legal, and social issues; and engaging the community in genomics-related policy and program development.

Michigan Public Health Training Center
Provides continuing education to those who promote and protect the health and quality of life in our communities. The MPHTC offers face-to-face and online instruction to students drawn from state and local health departments, community-based organizations, health delivery systems, and health plans, as well as those studying public health.

Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center
One of 7 CDC-funded Academic Centers of Excellence working to develop, implement, and evaluate promising youth violence prevention efforts. Partners include Genesee County Health department, health systems, community organizations, law enforcement, Michigan State University, and UM SPH.

Momentum Center: Driving discovery to end childhood obesity
The University of Michigan School of Public Health is proud to take the lead in a new university-wide research initiative to tackle one of the greatest health challenges of our time. The Momentum Center will be a catalyst for discovery and the reversal of trends related to childhood obesity.

Network for Public Health Law
The Network for Public Health Law builds relationships, delivers technical assistance and provides training to lawyers, public health practitioners, advocates and policy-makers on how to use law to improve the public's health.

Office of Global Public Health
Curriculum, research, and training programs. The Global Health Certificate and the MPH program in International Health (Department of Epidemiology) take complementary approaches to the study of relationships between developing and industrialized countries. A map shows where in the world UM SPH faculty are working.

Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC)
The mission of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan is to create and foster knowledge resulting in more effective public health programs and policies. The center conducts community-based prevention research to improve health and prevent disease, especially focused on populations with a disproportionate share of poor health outcomes.

REACH Detroit Partnership
REACH stands for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health. In the U.S.A., communities of color are more likely than whites to suffer from health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure and their complications. The common aim of all REACH 2010 projects is to eliminate the large differences in the health status of racial/ethnic minorities in these and other key health areas.

Tobacco Research Network
This network disseminates information about UM tobacco researchers and their work to the public; creates a forum for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas on nicotine addiction, tobacco use, and tobacco control; enhances tobacco education and training opportunities around campus; and enriches tobacco research on campus by supporting tobacco researchers new to the field and/or the university.

University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (KECC)
An interdisciplinary research group drawing from the Departments of Biostatistics, Health Management and Policy, Surgery, and Nephrology. Our mission is to promote health, improve clinical practice and patient outcomes, optimize resource utilization, and inform public policy regarding organ failure and organ transplantation; we pursue this mission through high quality research, advances in biostatistics, and post-graduate education and training.

University of Michigan Environmental Health Sciences Core Center
The center's mission is to promote translational research using novel multidisciplinary approaches to understand the impact of environmental exposures on adult chronic disease through mechanisms involving epigenetic modifications during vulnerable stages of life.

UM Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
Established in 2010 and funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the UM NORC is one of 12 U.S. centers designed to inspire and support translational, multidisciplinary research in obesity and nutrition, across the continuum of basic science to applications in individuals (medicine) and populations (public health).

University of Michigan Risk Science Center
Promotes informed decision-making by conducting research into pressing health questions and effectively communicating the results to the public. It works toward improving all parts of the risk-evaluation process by identifying, isolating, and quantifying various risks to provide understanding of their likelihood and consequences.