Research Centers & Initiatives

Within more than 30 research centers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, faculty, staff, and students explore a wide range of topics, from childhood obesity and chronic disease to health care costs and access.

Research Centers

Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center (BHWRC)

The mission of the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center is to help produce a behavioral health care workforce of sufficient size and skill to meet the nation's behavioral health needs. The center works with a national consortium of partners and experts in mental health, substance abuse, and health workforce research. 

The BHWRC has three priority research areas: 

  • Establishing a minimum data set for the behavioral health workforce
  • Conducting studies on worker characteristics and practice settings
  • Analyzing state scopes of practice. 

Established in 2015, the center is a joint initiative of the Health Resources and Services Administration and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services.

Center for Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access (CBSHC)

The Center for Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access (CBSHC) develops and evaluates behavioral interventions that focus on improving self-efficacy and navigation skills for individuals to access complex health care delivery systems, affordable healthcare, and management of chronic disease. 

The center’s funded research focuses on health care provider education, reducing barriers to health care access, and increasing patient and provider collaboration to improve meaningful health outcomes. Principles of health literacy and proven approaches to behavior change are central to their intervention work. The CBSHC partners with experts in community-based agencies and diverse health care delivery systems.

Center for Cancer Biostatistics

The Center for Biostatistics collaborates with investigators at the University of Michigan’s Rogel Cancer Center on cancer-related research. The center is involved in all stages of the research process, from the design stage through data analysis to scientific interpretation.

Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center (UM-CEHC)

Funded in 2013 by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center studies if and how exposure to EDC mixtures (bisphenol A, phthalates, lead and cadmium) during pregnancy and puberty affects growth, sexual maturation, and risk of metabolic syndrome. The UM-CEHC also explores whether diet can alter these effects. Research findings aim to foster a better understanding of how chemicals and diet interact and inform the design of future interventions to improve children's health.

Center for Evaluating Health Reform (CEHR)

The Center for Evaluating Health Reform aims to advance our knowledge of health system reform through the rigorous evaluation of policy changes and assessing the effects of health system interventions. Additionally, CEHR leverages team innovations to improve the process of academic research.

Griffith Leadership Center (GLC)

The Griffith Leadership Center 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 leads initiatives to promote and support translational research that addresses critical health and health policy issues to improve health management and policy decision-making.

Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) Genetics Research Group

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

Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR)

The Center for Health Communications Research is a National Cancer Institute Center of Excellence working to develop and employ a systematic, iterative process for discovering optimal population-based health communications strategies tailored to specific characteristics of the individual.

Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (KECC)

The Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center is an interdisciplinary research group drawing from the University of Michigan’s departments of Biostatistics, Health Management and Policy, Surgery, and Nephrology. KECC’s mission is to promote health, improve clinical practice and patient outcomes, optimize resource utilization, and inform public policy regarding organ failure and organ transplantation. The center pursues this mission through high quality research, advances in biostatistics, and post-graduate education and training.

Center for Managing Chronic Disease

The 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.

Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEAD)

The Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease is an interdisciplinary Environmental Health Sciences Core Center with two overarching goals: to accelerate research that defines and explains impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life and to promote translation of these findings to improve medical and public health interventions for the mitigation of human disease. M-LEEAD implements its mission through infrastructural support for research provided by integrated center programs and services that include a Pilot Project Program, three Facility Cores, and a Research Engagement Program encompassing three Research Teams. Research is coupled with engagement of stakeholder communities through a Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC). The center also trains and mentors future leaders in environmental health sciences through its Career Development Program.

Michigan Ovarian Cancer Science and Innovation Consortium (MOSAIC)

MOSAIC brings together physicians and scientists from diverse disciplines to further the development and execution of ovarian cancer research, with members from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and The Van Andel Institute. ​The primary objective of this group is to improve understanding of ovarian cancer prevention, treatment, and survival through novel approaches by a multidisciplinary team.

Center for Midlife Science

The Center for Midlife Science specializes in the study of multifaceted diseases—usually chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis—particularly their initiation and progression in the midlife.

Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (MAC-EPID)

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.

Momentum Center: Driving Discovery to End Childhood Obesity

The Momentum Center is a catalyst for discovery and the reversal of trends related to childhood obesity.

Multidisciplinary Ovarian Cancer Outcomes Group (MOCOG)

MOCOG brings together a dynamic team of international researchers to study long-term survivors of high-grade serous ovarian cancer. Broadly, they aim to understand which factors may allow some patients to survive for many years after diagnosis, including immunologic, genetic, and lifestyle factors.

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.

Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)

Established in 2010 and funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the University of Michigan’s NORC is one of 12 US 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).

Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE)

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 and safety.

Center for Precision Health Data Science

Investigators affiliated with the Center for Precision Health Data Science develop principled data science methods for inference and prediction with large, heterogeneous data sources often collected from databases not designed for population-based research. The center’s goal is to disseminate user-friendly analytic and visualization tools for health researchers aspiring to reduce disease and improve health for the population and the patient.

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.

Center for Public Health and Community Genomics

This Center for Public Health and Community Genomics aims to further the integration of genomic discoveries into public health practice. The center’s 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.

Region V Public Health Training Center

The Region V Public Health Training Center provides continuing education to those who promote and protect the health and quality of life in our communities. The training center 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.

Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH)

CRECH is a forum for faculty and students interested in interdisciplinary investigations of the social determinants of US 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 and Health Disparities (SEXLAB)

The Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities conducts applied social research on sexuality-related health disparities. The center’s 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)

CSEPH is an inter- and multidisciplinary effort devoted to understanding health inequalities from socioeconomic, behavioral, social, psychological, biological, developmental, community, and international perspectives.

Statistical Analysis of Biomedical and Educational Research (SABER)

Part 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 multidisciplinary research.

Center for Statistical Genetics

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

Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID)

V-BID 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.

Youth Violence Prevention Center

The Youth Violence Prevention Center is one of seven CDC-funded Academic Centers of Excellence working to develop, implement, and evaluate promising youth violence prevention efforts. The center’s partners include the Genesee County Health Department, health systems, community organizations, law enforcement, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Initiatives and Programs

Apple Hearing Study

The Apple Hearing Study is a partnership between the University of Michigan and Apple to study sound exposure and its impact on hearing health. This groundbreaking study will advance our understanding of how hearing could be impacted over time by exposure to sound at certain levels. Researchers will measure headphone and environmental sound exposures over time among participants and determine how these exposures impact hearing and stress levels. The study will provide a better understanding of listening behavior and its overall impact on hearing health. This information will in turn help guide public health policy and prevention programs designed to protect and promote hearing health in the US and globally.

ELSI Research Training Program

The University of Michigan’s ELSI Research Training Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, seeks to prepare the next generation of ELSI scholars for success as innovative, impactful investigators.

GLOBAL STATCORE

The Biostatistics core for global health, GLOBAL STATCORE, is an initiative intended to enhance biostatistical support of global public health research, education, and training at Michigan Public Health, the University of Michigan, and in collaboration with international partners across the globe.

Healthy Environments Partnership (HEP)

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.

Michigan Integrative Well-Being and Inequality (MIWI) Training Program

The MIWI Training Program is a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary methods training program that prepares participating scholars to investigate the intersection of mental and physical health, with an emphasis on how this intersection relates to health disparities. The training encompasses conceptual frameworks, study designs, data collection needs, and analytic approaches necessary to conduct this innovative research. The program includes an intensive four-day summer institute in Ann Arbor, followed by ongoing collaboration with a mentorship team.