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:

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:

View the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy flyer.

Prevention Research Center

The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center (UMD-PRC) at the University of Maryland School of Public Health is committed to research, service and training around issues of mental health among LGBTQ+ communities. Its mission is to eliminate existing health disparities and related social injustices experienced by LGBTQ+ persons. The Center is committed to bringing awareness to these inequities, as well as disseminating data, validated tools, and best practices to improve access to quality mental health and health care for these communities. The UMD-PRC is supported by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for $3.75 M from 2019-2024.

For more information, please contact the center:


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. 

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SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors 

The University of Maryland SUPPORT, ADVOCACY, FREEDOM, AND EMPOWERMENT (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors provides survivor-centered and trauma-informed services that empower trafficking survivors to heal and reclaim their lives. The SAFE Center aims to prevent trafficking and better serve survivors through research and policy advocacy. The SAFE Center is an initiative of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State – a collaboration between the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). With connections across both campuses through MPowering the State, since March 2019, the SAFE Center's home is in the School of Public Health.

For more information, please contact the SAFE Center:
301-314-7233 (SAFE)

Department-Based Centers

Behavioral and Community Health

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

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 L. Knott, Director

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

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:

Health Policy and Management

Center on Aging

The Department of Health Policy and Management 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.

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 Federal Statistical Research Data Center

Maryland RDC is a joint project of the U.S. Census Bureau and University of Maryland. It is supported by three founding units on campus - Smith School of Business, the College of Behavioral and Social Science, and the School of Public Health. We are also pleased to welcome the Carey School at Johns Hopkins University as a founding FSRDC partner. The secure environment supports qualified researchers while protecting respondent confidentiality with state-of-the-art tools and processes. The center represents a unique opportunity for the university to grow its leadership in using federal data for research.  There are currently 24 open Federal Statistical Research Data Center locations.  These centers partner with over 50 research organizations including universities, nonprofit research institutions, and government agencies. 

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.