The following centers and programs are based in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Our faculty also participate in and play leadership roles in the School-wide centers and programs. 

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:
Dr. Elbert D. Glover, Center Director 

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 Vincent Carr, Director of Operations

Community Health, Awareness, Messages and Prevention (CHAMP) program

The aim of this program is to increase early detection of cancer in and around Prince George’s County, Maryland. Using a community based participatory research approach, CHAMP works with community partners 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, the American Cancer Society, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Cheryl Holt, Center Director

Prevention Research Center

 The mission of the Prevention Research Center is to develop models of disease prevention and health promotion through Community-Based-Participatory-Research (CBPR).  CBPR is conducted by UMCP faculty and staff in partnership with community stakeholders of the research during all phases of the research. The main goals of the PRC are to link government and non-government organizations, academic institutions, and communities to build infrastructures and systems as a way to increase community assets to improve public health; to use a socio-ecological model approach to address policy/intervention, social, and physical factors that affect the physical, emotional, and social health of individuals, families and communities; and to advance Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) sharing knowledge and expertise in applied research aimed at improving public health programs.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Bradley Boekeloo, Center Director

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health faculty members associated with this center are Dr. Bradley Boekeloo, Director of the UMD-PRC, Dr. Kerry Green, Dr. Donna Howard, Dr. Cheryl Holt, Dr. Linda Aldoory, Dr. Robert Gold, Dr. Sharon Desmond, and Dr. Min Qi Wang.  There are faculty members involved in the center that are apart of other departments in the School of Public Health, as well as, other University of Maryland related departments and offices. The faculty affiliated with the center are interested in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR).  They keep the UMD-PRC informed about their CBPR, and allow the UMD-PRC to promote their CBPR locally and nationally through various UMD-PRC communications. The faculty are also eligible to apply for:  UMD-PRC Seed Money Grants, CDC Special Interest Project Grants, and UMD-PRC funds to facilitate dissemination of research findings.

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.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Pamela I. Clark, Principal Investigator 

University of Maryland-Seat Pleasant Health Partnership

This partnership’s goal is to improve the health of Seat Pleasant residents, and to enhance learning and research for students and faculty of the University of Maryland. These goals will be achieved by students and faculty providing health education services to Seat Pleasant residents that might not otherwise be available. At the same time, students and faculty will learn from Seat Pleasant residents and will integrate and apply components of the health education curriculum at the community level.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Sharon Desmond