U-M School of Public Health Centers & Initiatives

There are 40+ research and training centers at U-M SPH exploring a wide range of topics including childhood obesity, healthcare costs, access to health resources, and the need for a new economy in public health. Click on any center name link to open its website in a new window.

Centers are listed in alphabetical order by the first word of the center (i.e., "Center for" is not relevant to the alphabetization). You may also use your browser's in-page search function to find a center by title or acronym.

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. We will measure headphone and environmental sound exposures over time among our participants, and determine how these exposures impact hearing and stress levels. Our study will provide us with 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.

Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center

The mission of the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center (BHWRC) 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: 1) establishing a minimum data set for the behavioral health workforce, 2) conducting studies on worker characteristics and practice settings, and 3) 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, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access, Collaborative for

The Collaborative for Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access 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. Our funded research focuses on healthcare provider education, reducing barriers to healthcare 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 our intervention work. The CBSHC partners with experts in community-based agencies and diverse health care delivery systems.

Big Data Summer Institute

The Big Data Summer Institute, a SIBS program, is an interdisciplinary training and research program in biostatistics that introduces undergraduate students to the intersection of big data and human health — a rapidly growing field that uses quantitative analysis to help solve scientific problems and improve people’s lives. 

Cancer Biostatistics, Center for

Collaborates with U-M Cancer Center investigators in cancer-related research. Involved in all stages of the research process, from the design stage, through data analysis, to scientific interpretation.

Cancer Data Science Shared Resource

The overarching goals of Cancer Data Science Shared Resource (CDS-SR) is to provide Rogel Cancer Center investigators assistance in all quantitative aspects of cancer research -- including biostatistics, bioinformatics, computational biology, analytics and other emerging data-driven and data-intense endeavors.    

Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center

Funded in 2013 by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the UM-CEHC 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 will foster a better understanding of how chemicals and diet interact and will inform the design of future interventions to improve children's health.

Early Life Exposures in Mexico to ENvironmental Toxicants (ELEMENT)

The Early Life Exposures in Mexico to ENvironmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) cohort includes three birth cohorts from Mexico City maternity hospitals that have been followed for over two decades to learn how environmental exposures to metals and chemicals affect pregnant women and children.

Evaluating Health Reform, Center for

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.

ELSI Research Training Program

The University of Michigan (U-M) Training Program in ELSI Research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, seeks to prepare the next generation of ELSI scholars for success as innovative, impactful investigators.

Fathers and Sons Project

Fathers and Sons is a unique program for nonresident African American fathers and their biological sons aged 8-12. The program aims to strengthen the bonds between fathers and sons by reducing negative health behaviors and promoting positive health outcomes. 

Future Public Health Leaders Program

The University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (Michigan FPHLP) is a residential summer program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through field placements, skill building workshops and mentorship, Michigan FPHLP provides students with opportunities for growth, learning and awareness in the field of public health. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the diversity of the public health workforce and the people committed to reducing health disparities.  

Global Public Health (Office of)

Curriculum, research, and training programs. The Global Health Certificate and the MPH program in Global Health Epidemiology take complementary approaches to the study of relationships between developing and industrialized countries. View where in the world U-M SPH faculty are working.


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 the SPH, the University of Michigan, and in collaboration with our international partners across the globe.

Griffith Leadership Center

The GLC 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 attempts to lead initiatives to promote and support translational research that addresses critical health and health policy issues to improve health management and policy decision making.

HBHE Genetics Research Group

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

Health Communications Research, Center for (CHCR)

A National Cancer Institute 'Center of Excellence' working to develop and employ a systematic, iterative process to discovering optimal population-based health communications strategies tailored to specific characteristics of the individual.

Healthy Environments Partnership

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.

Health Equity Leadership Pipeline Collaborative

The Health Equity Leadership Pipeline Collaborative provides innovative, relevant, and scholarly research on health professions and health education training methods to increase the impact of healthcare leadership addressing health equity issues.

Health Equity, Law, and Policy in Epidemiologic Research (HELPER)

Founded in 2017, the Health Equity, Law, and Policy in Epidemiologic Research Team (or HELPER) is devoted to understanding the social factors that impact health and health equity across the world.  

Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (KECC)

An interdisciplinary research group drawing from the Departments of Biostatistics, Health Management and Policy, Surgery, and Nephrology. Our mission is to promote health, improve clinical practice and patient outcomes, optimize resource utilization, and inform public policy regarding organ failure and organ transplantation; we pursue this mission through high quality research, advances in biostatistics, and post-graduate education and training.

Managing Chronic Disease, Center for

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)

This interdisciplinary Environmental Health Sciences Core Center has 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. Our center 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). Training and mentoring of future leaders in environmental health sciences is through the Career Development Program.

Michigan COVID-19 Recovery Surveillance Study (MI CReSS)

The Michigan COVID-19 Recovery Surveillance Study (MI CReSS) is a joint project between the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

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 4-day summer institute in Ann Arbor, MI, followed by ongoing collaboration with a mentorship team.

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.

Midlife Science, Center for

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.

Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, Center for (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 University of Michigan School of Public Health is proud to take the lead in a new university-wide research initiative to tackle one of the greatest health challenges of our time. The Momentum Center will be a catalyst for discovery and the reversal of trends related to childhood obesity.

Multidisciplinary Ovarian Cancer Outcomes Group (MOCOG)

The Multidisciplinary Ovarian Cancer Outcomes Group (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 what
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 U-M NORC is one of 12 U.S. 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).

Occupational Health and Safety Engineering, Center for (COHSE)

The University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (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 & Safety.

Precision Health Data Science, Center for

Investigators affiliated with the Center develop principled data science methods for inference and prediction with large, heterogeneous data sources often collected from databases not designed for population-based research. Our 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.

Public Health & Community Genomics, Center for

This center aims to further the integration of genomic discoveries into public health practice. 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

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.

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

A forum for faculty and students interested in interdisciplinary investigations of the social determinants of U.S. 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.

Sexuality & Health Disparities, Center for (SexLab)

The Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities (SexLab) conducts applied social research on sexuality-related health disparities. Our 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.

Social Epidemiology and Population Health, Center for (CSEPH)

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 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 multi-disciplinary research.

Statistical Genetics, Center for

Encourages methodological and applied research at the interface between the mathematical sciences and genetics; supports collaborative research to increase our understanding of human health, disease, and evolution; and encourages collaboration and technology transfer between academia and private industry.

Summer Enrichment Program

Each summer, 18-25 undergraduate students from across the country come to Ann Arbor for eight weeks of education, mentoring, internships with health care organizations in Southeast Michigan, and preparation for graduate school success. 

Value-Based Insurance Design, Center for (VBID)

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

One of 7 CDC-funded Academic Centers of Excellence working to develop, implement, and evaluate promising youth violence prevention efforts. Partners include Genesee County Health department, health systems, community organizations, law enforcement, Michigan State University, and U-M SPH.