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)
Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS)
Contributes to the safety and security of the global food system and significantly strengthens Minnesota’s ability to anticipate and respond to emerging issues and imminent threats from animal and foodborne diseases.
Center for Environment and Health Policy (CEHP)
Focuses on improving the assessment, management and communication of environmental health risks and fostering better environmental policy decisions.
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 Media Communications & Health
Provides analysis of media coverage of health issues. Publishes reviews of media stories on HealthNewsReview.org.
Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach provides continuing education to public health professionals. The center identifies professional and public learning needs and develops strategies to meet them in partnership with SPH faculty and public health professionals.
Center for Violence Prevention & Control (CVPC)
Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration in research that can ultimately affect the prevention and control of violence.
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
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.
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.
Minnesota Child Welfare Research Collaborative (MCWRC)
Promotes child wellbeing by creating an interdisciplinary body of research focused on education and health of youth in Minnesota.
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.
Offers engaging and evidence-informed online health and wellness curriculum that equips students with life skills for success in college and beyond.
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.