Health Behavior and Health Education
Research Centers and Initiatives
Listed below are the SPH research centers and initiatives that are led by HBHE faculty. Link to the Centers' websites for more information about each center's projects, publications, and training programs.
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 specific characteristics of the individual.
Center for Injury Prevention among Youth
New joint center (between UM SPH and UM Transportation Research Institute) builds on existing strengths to conduct research and train practitioners to reduce injuries, fatalities, and their economic cost (especially as related to youth and motor vehicle-related injuries).
Center on Men's Health Disparities
Established to address the unmet health needs of men experiencing a disproportionate burden of poor health outcomes locally, nationally and globally.
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 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.
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.
HBHE Genetics Research Group
The HBHE Genetics Group mission is to improve understanding of the behavioral implications of expanding genetic knowledge.
Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center
The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center is one of seven Academic Centers of Excellence funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Working collaboratively with community partner organizations in Flint Michigan, the MI-YVPC seeks to reduce violence and create a supportive and healthy environment for youth, ages 10-24. The Center works with youth, families and the community at large to implement programs that reduce risks for violence.
Prevention Research Center of Michigan
The mission of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC/MI) 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.
Sexuality + Health Lab (SexLab)
SexLab at the University of Michigan conducts research on psychosocial factors associated with HIV prevention and comprehensive sexual health. Its studies seek to identify innovative strategies to inform sexual health promotion interventions and to prevent HIV infection and transmission.