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The Dornsife School of Public Health has created a number of Research Centers and projects, allowing faculty to focus their abilities for targeted research and engage students in specific areas of public health practice. These centers and projects reflect the school’s commitment to working closely with community resources, and partnering with health professionals, locally and nationally.


'Health Challenges Facing Urban Areas Toda' Panelists The mission of the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) is to improve health in cities by increasing scientific knowledge and public awareness of health and health variation within cities, and by promoting urban policies and partnerships that promote health and reduce health inequalities. Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH is the Director of this initiative.
research austism institute  The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute is the first research organization dedicated to bringing a public health approach to the challenges presented by autism spectrum disorders. The interdisciplinary team of world class researchers employ various disciplines of public health science to generate and translate knowledge about autism's character, causes, and consequences into community-based action to improve the lives of individuals affected by ASD and their families. Craig Newschaffer, PhD is the Director of this institute.
research center for hunger-free communities The Center for Hunger-Free Communitiesestablished in 2004, is a community-engaged research, service, advocacy and policy center working to: Find science-based solutions to hunger and economic insecurity; Report on and monitor the health consequences of poverty and hunger; Engage those who have experienced poverty as full partners in developing research and policies; and Establish and support opportunities for on-going national dialogue on poverty. Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH is the Director of this center.
research center for public health readiness and communication The Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC) conducts research and provides service and education in the field of public health emergency preparedness. The Center’s mission is to build public health infrastructure and capacity for disaster response and recovery, and enhance community preparedness and resilience, with a particular interest in improving outcomes for individuals who may be at risk for severe consequences after disasters. Esther Chernak, MD, MPH, FACP is the Director of this center.
research center for nonviolence and social justice

The Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice aims to promote health, nonviolence and social justice through trauma-informed practice, research, professional development, and advocacy for policy change. Their work is focused in four major areas: Healing Hurt People - A Violence Intervention Program, Training, Research, and Policy. John Rich, MD, MPH is the Director of this center.


MCHW logo The Maternal and Child Health Working Group (MCHWG) is a multidisciplinary coalition of academics, clinicians and students who strive to improve the health of women and children through education and research. The mission of the MCHWG is to promote education and research, inform policy, and train leaders to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families. Renee Turchi, MD, MPH is the Chair of this working group.
research FIRST
The Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) project is the initial step towards developing a comprehensive national system for capturing firefighter injuries. If the Fire Service and safety researchers had comprehensive, consistent, and accurate information about who is being injured, how they are being injured, and what type of injury they experienced, then these injuries can be prevented.Jennifer Taylor, PhD, MPH, CPPS is the Principal Investigator for this project.