Centers

School-Based Research Centers

Maryland Center for Health Equity

Founded in 2010, the Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) is committed to improving the health of Marylanders. The center is charged with providing support for the development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives that position the university to become a national leader in eliminating racial and ethnic minority disparities. The center’s mission is to establish and sustain a community-engaged research enterprise on critical health disparities; to raise the visibility of racial and ethnic health disparities and promising solutions with Marylanders; and to facilitate action for change in the structural determinants of health in Maryland.

For more information, please contact the center:
info.healthequity@umd.edu
301-405-8859

View the Maryland Center for Health Equity flyer.

Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy

The Horowitz Center for Health Literacy advances research in health communication and health literacy, and translates that research into education and community action that improves health for all. The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy was established in 2007, endowed and named to honor the legacy and accomplishments of Dr. Herschel S. Horowitz, scientist, educator, and public health advocate. 

For more information, please contact the center:
healthliteracy@umd.edu
301-405-2356

View the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy flyer.

Center on Aging

The School of Public Health leads the university’s interdisciplinary Center on Aging, dedicated to “healthy and productive” aging and the creation of age-friendly communities. Center on Aging researchers are involved with many of the health, economic and social policy issues that concern us as we grow older. Among the myriad of issues the center is focusing intently on are the costs and liabilities of private insurance coverage for long-term care, the problems of older women, the needs of elderly with lifelong disabilities, the accessibility, quality, and efficiency of services to the elderly, and the needs of families providing care to elderly members.

Department-Based Centers

Behavioral and Community Health

Center for Health Behavior Research

The Center for Health Behavior Research strives to build strong alliances with federal agencies, health volunteer agencies, foundations, and the business community in the capital and the world to enhance the ability to accommodate various study protocols. Applying science, theory, and practice of public health towards the enhancement of the population health status, the center contributes to the Department of Behavioral and Community Health's vision. The center also works with the surrounding communities to increase awareness of smoking cessation research and the dangers of tobacco use. Recent research topics include nicotine vaccines, women’s health, and smokeless tobacco.

For more information, please contact the center:
301-405-0128

Center on Young Adult Health and Development

The nation's first center specifically dedicated to understanding the health and development of young adults, the Center on Young Adult Health and Development aims to focus on conditions that affect the young adult population such as depression, substance abuse, and obesity. The center attempts to understand occupational trajectories of young adults and the unique needs and challenges that prevent many students from finishing college as well as life trajectories of many young adults who don’t attend college or who live in special circumstances. Research includes a statewide collaborative to reduce college drinking; drug use/abuse trajectories in the transition to adulthood; and gambling and drinking among college students.

For more information, please contact:
Kathryn B. Vincent Carr, Director of Operations
kvincent@umd.edu

CHAMP:  Community Health Awareness, Messages and Prevention 

The aim of this center is to study cancer-related disparities in and around Prince George’s County, Maryland.  Using a community based participatory research approach, CHAMP works with community partners largely in faith-based communities to increase early detection of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer screening. CHAMP is supported by agencies such as the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.
 

For more information, please contact:
Cheryl Holt, Director
cholt14@umd.edu

Prevention Research Center

The Prevention Research Center was first funded in 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Prevention Research Center Program. Prevention Research Centers are “committed to conducting prevention research and are leaders in translating research results into policy and public health practice. These centers have rich capacity for the community-based, participatory prevention research needed to drive the major community changes that can prevent and control chronic diseases”. Much of the Prince George's County/national capital border area is medically underserved, and suffers from remarkably high rates of primary syphilis, HIV, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight, and other health problems relative to neighboring jurisdictions. Contrasts between this area and surrounding areas are pronounced with regard to demographics, health services, and health status. The UMD School of Public Health happens to be located in Prince George's County at the nexus of the contrasting jurisdictions. The Prevention Research Center will build on the collaborative of the City of Seat Pleasant-Community Campus Partnership for Health in Prince George's County, the Prince George's County Health Department, and the SPH.

For more information, please contact the center:
Bradley Boekeloo, PRC Director
boekeloo@umd.edu

Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

The University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (UMD TCORS), funded by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is focused on the study of a wide range of tobacco products and their impact on public health. The UMD TCORS is one of 14 centers nationwide that are  providing the critical science base needed for the FDA to effectively regulate tobacco and protect public health. The UMD-led team, which includes experts in epidemiology, behavioral health, biostatistics, microbiology, toxicology, computer science and genomics, is led by Dr. Pamela I. Clark, and focused on testing new and modified tobacco products using innovative approaches that examine health risks from the molecular to the whole human level.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Biostatistics Risk Assessment Center

The Biostatistics Risk Assessment Center (BRAC) has a mission to foster and conduct statistical analysis, data mining, and quantitative risk assessments in areas of public health and biomedical research. The BRAC collaborates with investigators and research institutions for many research endeavors. Members of the BRAC help with study design, statistical modeling, and dissemination of results among many other aspects of research. BRAC members also work at developing new-and-improved biostatistical and bioinformatics methods, which are necessary for cutting-edge multidisciplinary and translational research, and software tools for their projects.

For more information, please contact:
Mei-Ling Ting Lee, Ph.D., BRAC Director
mltlee@umd.edu
301-405-4581

Family Science

Center for Healthy Families

The Center for Healthy Families serves about 500 families from surrounding communities each year, providing them with premarital counseling, couple/marriage and family therapy, and parent education. Capable of addressing issues such as divorce, substance abuse, family violence, and adolescent adjustment, the center provides individual therapy as well. The center also conducts research that measures the impact of clinical services on individuals and families. Staff therapists are graduate students who are supervised by faculty members and clinical experts. The center operates as a non-profit clinic.

For more information, please contact the center:
centerforhealthyfamilies@gmail.com
301-405-2273

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health

CONSERVE

A Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute for Food and Agriculture, is focused on facilitating the adoption of transformative on‐farm solutions that enable the safe use of nontraditional irrigation water on food crops and effectively reduce the nation’s agricultural water challenges that are exacerbated by climate change.  State-of-the-art research, extension and education activities, led by Dr. Amy R. Sapkota, are being developed by an expert team of bioscientists, engineers, public health experts, economists, social-behavioral scientists, law and policy experts, extension specialists, educational media developers and computer scientists. Together, CONSERVE is positioned to be a national resource for effectively reducing the nation’s agricultural water challenges that are exacerbated by climate change. 

For more information, please contact:
Debra Weinstein, CONSERVE Project Manager
info@conservewaterforfood.org

University Collaborations 

Brain and Behavior Initiative

Faculty experts from the School of Public Health are contributing to this university-wide collaborative effort to understand the function of the brain and its role in health and disease. By creating an atmosphere of integration and interdependence between the physical, behavioral, and brain sciences and by creating novel tools and technologies, the Brain Behavior Initiative aspires to blur the lines between traditional disciplines and methodologies. Faculty members from the Departments of Behavioral and Community Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Kinesiology are making contributions in the areas of Neural Circuits, Learning and Plasticity, Motor Control and Mental Health.

Maryland Population Research Center

Faculty experts throughout the School of Public Health are affiliated with the MPRC and conduct research relevant to the priority themes of 1) Gender, Family, and Social Change, including family formation, parenting across the life course, and the intersection of gender, work and family; 2) Health in Social Context, including multi-level influences on health, health over the life course, and health disparities; 3) Social and Economic Inequality, including individual and family inequalities and inequality at the level of institutions such as firms, schools, the criminal justice system, and the military; and 4) People and Place, including population and environment, population mobility, and neighborhood and community effects on health and development.