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Research Centers

The School of Public Health is home to nationally and internationally recognized centers that provide high-caliber research, outreach and training.

School-Wide Centers

Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach (CPHEO)
Identifies professional and public learning needs and develops strategies to meet them in partnership with SPH faculty and public health professionals.

Research and Training Centers within CPHEO:

Center to Study Human-Animal Relationships and Environments (CENSHARE)
Creates opportunities to acquire, disseminate and apply knowledge about the relationship between animals, humans and their shared environment to improve the quality of life for all

Food Safety Center of Excellence
Helps prevent and respond to foodborne illnesses. Provides resources for state and local officials to improve food safety through better detection and investigation of outbreaks of foodborne illness.

University of Minnesota: Simulations and Exercises for Educational Effectiveness (U-SEEE)

U-SEEE is home to two centers:

Other School of Public Health Centers (in alpha order)

Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS)
Contributes to the safety and security of the global food system and significantly strengthens Minnesota’s ability to anticipate and respond to emerging issues and imminent threats from animal and foodborne diseases.

Center for Care Organization Research & Development (CCORD)
A collaborative organization of health services researchers whose goal is to improve patient and population health through integrating research and practice to advance transformational knowledge about health care systems and care delivery.

Center for Environment and Health Policy (CEHP)
Focuses on improving the assessment, management and communication of environmental health risks and fostering better environmental policy decisions.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
Works to prevent illness and death from targeted infectious disease threats through research and the translation of scientific information into real-world, practical applications, policies and solutions.

Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health (MCH)
Committed to improving the health of children, women and families. The center offers a master’s degree in Public Health (including an online degree program), continuing professional education, and consultation and technical assistance to community based organizations and agencies.

Center for Violence Prevention & Control (CVPC)
Facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration in research that can ultimately affect the prevention and control of violence.

Center on Aging/Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC)
Fosters basic and applied interdisciplinary research and education in gerontology and geriatrics education, research and service.

Epidemiology Clinical Research Center (ECRC)
Provides facilities for research in osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, estrogen, exercise and cardiovascular disease prevention.

Long-Term Care Resource Center
Serves as a focal point for research, technical assistance and dissemination of information to improve the long-term care and support services for people with disabilities, particularly seniors.

Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety
Provides graduate academic and research training programs, continuing education and outreach activities, and serves as a regional resource for industry, labor, federal, state and local government agencies, agriculture, and other interested parties.

Minnesota Child Welfare Research Collaborative (MCWRC)
Promotes child wellbeing by creating an interdisciplinary body of research focused on education and health of youth in Minnesota.

Minnesota Evidence-Based Practice Center
A collaborative venture between the University and the Minneapolis Veterans Administration (VA) Health Care System that conducts literature reviews on health-related topics as a basis for guiding policy and practice. It also undertakes methodological projects.

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
Helps Minnesota businesses implement solutions that maximize resource efficiency, prevent pollution, and reduce costs to improve public health and the environment.

Nutrition Coordinating Center (NCC)
Develops and supports state-of-the-art methods and databases for researchers collecting and analyzing dietary data.

Obesity Prevention Center
Fosters and improves multidisciplinary research into prevention strategies, serves as an educational resource center in the field of obesity prevention and advocates for public policies that address the obesity epidemic.

Regional Injury Prevention Research Center (RIPRC)
Provides a multidisciplinary program for the prevention and control of injuries, including catastrophic and long-term disabling injuries, with attention to the rural environment.

Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC)
Provides assistance to academic, government and nonprofit researchers interested in using Medicare and Medicaid data for their research.

Rural Health Research Center (RHRC)
Conducts research and disseminates information that will help policymakers better address the unique healthcare needs of rural America.

State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC)
Helps states monitor rates of health insurance coverage, understand factors associated with access to care, and utilize data for implementation of health reform. Also provides technical assistance to federal agencies and states that conduct health insurance surveys and/or use data from national surveys.

Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH)
UMASH is one of nine Centers of Excellence in Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Brings together unique and complementary expertise to address existing and emerging occupational health and safety issues in agriculture.

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