The School of Public Health is home to nationally and internationally recognized centers that provide high-caliber research, outreach, and training.
School of Public Health Centers (in alpha order)
Cannabis Research Center (CRC)
The goal of the Cannabis Research Center is to answer the most important research questions related to cannabis and health, particularly in the state of Minnesota.
Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity (CARHE)
Focuses on research and engagement in pursuit of health equity and justice for every individual, family, and community and is grounded on the understanding that racism is a fundamental cause of health inequities.
Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health (MCH)
Committed to improving the health of children, women, and families. The center offers a master’s degree in Public Health (including an online degree program), continuing professional education, and consultation and technical assistance to community-based organizations and agencies.
Center for Public Health Systems
The Center for Public Health Systems (CPHS) supports public health practitioners and public health systems using evidence-based research.
Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation (CHAI)
The mission of the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation (CHAI) is to advance interdisciplinary aging science; create meaningful and immersive educational experiences in aging; build and sustain innovations in care and services; and establish vibrant community, governmental, business, and individual collaborations to promote healthy aging for Minnesotans and people across the country.
Center to Study Human-Animal Relationships and Environments (CENSHARE)
Creates opportunities to acquire, disseminate and apply knowledge about the relationship between animals, humans and their shared environment to improve the quality of life for all
Coordinating Centers for Biometric Research
Designs and implements multicenter clinical research trials with an emphasis on infectious disease and cardiopulmonary health since 1985.
Epidemiology Clinical Research Center (ECRC)
Provides facilities for research in osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, estrogen, exercise and cardiovascular disease prevention.
Food Safety Center of Excellence
Helps prevent and respond to foodborne illnesses. Provides resources for state and local officials to improve food safety through better detection and investigation of outbreaks of foodborne illness.
Genomic Data Commons
Serves as a genomic-data repository for publicly available datasets, especially those from locally conducted research, for U of M researchers.
Healthy Weight Research Center
Fosters and improves multidisciplinary research into prevention strategies, serves as an educational resource center in the field of obesity prevention and advocates for public policies that address the obesity epidemic.
Interdisciplinary Research Leadership Initiative
The IRL is a major new initiative from the RWJF to develop diverse teams of interdisciplinary research leaders across the country to help advance the vision of building a culture of health.
Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety
Provides graduate academic and research training programs, continuing education, and outreach activities, and serves as a regional resource for industry, labor, federal, state, and local government agencies, agriculture, and other interested parties.
Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training
The MWC provides model training programs to workers and residents who may be exposed to hazardous substances.
Minnesota Evidence-Based Practice Center
A collaborative venture between the University and the Minneapolis Veterans Administration (VA) Health Care System that conducts literature reviews on health-related topics as a basis for guiding policy and practice. It also undertakes methodological projects.
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
Helps Minnesota businesses implement solutions that maximize resource efficiency, prevent pollution, and reduce costs to improve public health and the environment.
Nutrition Coordinating Center (NCC)
Develops and supports state-of-the-art methods and databases for researchers collecting and analyzing dietary data.
Regional Injury Prevention Research Center (RIPRC)
Provides a multidisciplinary program for the prevention and control of injuries, including catastrophic and long-term disabling injuries, with attention to the rural environment.
Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC)
Provides assistance to academic, government and nonprofit researchers interested in using Medicare and Medicaid data for their research.
Rural Health Research Center (RHRC)
Conducts research and disseminates information that will help policymakers better address the unique health care needs of rural America.
State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC)
SHADAC is a multidisciplinary health policy research center with a focus on state policy. Staff members represent a broad range of expertise, ranging from economics, statistics and evaluation to sociology and journalism, to generate sound data and produce rigorous, policy-driven analyses.
Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH)
UMASH is one of nine Centers of Excellence in Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Brings together unique and complementary expertise to address existing and emerging occupational health and safety issues in agriculture.
Affiliated Research Centers
Center for Learning Health Systems
Collaboration between the University of Minnesota Medical School and the School of Public Health to create value in health delivery systems by establishing an iterative cycle of leveraging existing evidence and gathering new knowledge, applying our work into direct population health action, and developing the learning health system field through education.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
CIDRAP works to prevent illness and death from targeted infectious disease threats through research and the translation of scientific information into real work, practical applications, policies, and solutions.
Institute for Global Cancer Prevention Research
Grows partnerships and research capacities to advance cancer prevention practices and policies around the world.