Centers

The school's centers, programs and institutes contribute to the interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service activities at the Rollins School of Public Health.

They allow the school to expand expertise and respond to community needs, provide the opportunity for research collaboration with faculty from other schools and professionals in public health practice, and give students exposure to other disciplines.

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The Biostatistics Consulting Center (BCC) offers comprehensive statistical consultation and computational services to the university community. Obtaining biostatistical advice early in a project can often improve the chances that the study will meet its objectives. BCC personnel are available for discussion at all stages of research, including preparation of grants and contracts, assistance in analyzing and presenting research data, and statistical review of manuscripts in the publication process.

The BCC has access to a broad range of computer hardware and software, along with personnel with expertise in using major statistical, graphics, and data management packages. Its primary interest is ensuring the appropriate use of statistical methodology in research. The BCC also offers a complementary range of services, from database development, implementation, and maintenance to production of publication-quality graphic and tabular material that supports the presentation and publication of research results.

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Under the leadership of Rollins Dean James W. Curran and Hubert Professor and Chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health Carlos del Rio, the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) at Emory University fosters and supports research efforts designed to prevent and mitigate suffering caused by HIV and AIDS. CFAR is funded by the National Institutes of Health and has three main goals:

  1. Enhance the collaborative interdisciplinary research of HIV investigators by providing administrative support, critical shared resources, and enhanced communication among investigators through sponsored seminars and training activities
  2. Stimulate the participation of new investigators in HIV research through targeted research mentoring and training and direct funding of developmental research projects
  3. Assist in recruiting key faculty and in garnering internal and extramural support for priority HIV-research programs.

CFAR currently serves more than 150 HIV investigators in departments across the university, whose 2014 extramural funding for AIDS research totaled more than $63 million. CFAR provides assistance to HIV/AIDS researchers at Emory through two administrative and five science cores. Two science cores are housed at Rollins: Prevention Science and Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics.  

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The Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies uses data to improve the lives of people living with mental and substance-use disorders. The multidisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and students located in the Department of Health Policy and Management in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health conduct research on topics related to mental health and substance use including analysis of surveys and large-claim databases, design and implementation of intervention trials, and policy analysis. There is a particular focus on adults and children treated in public safety-net settings.

The center trains master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral students interested in mental health and substance-use research and policy and works with local, state, and federal leaders to develop and evaluate programs and policies with the goal of improving quality and outcomes of care for people with behavioral disorders. 

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The Center for Biomedical Imaging Statistics (CBIS) conducts research on statistical  methods for analyzing data from biomedical imaging studies. CBIS research includes brain, heart, breast, knee, and prostate imaging, among others. CBIS currently develops statistical methods for data acquired from various imaging modalities including functional magnetic resonance imaging, structural magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, positrone mission tomography, single photon emission computed tomography, digital mammography, electroencephalography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging. 

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The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (CGSW) focuses on increasing access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, and appropriate hygiene as part of a global strategy to break the cycle of poverty and disease in developing countries. Housed in Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, the CGSW combines academic strength with a commitment to evidence-based action, advocacy, and policy development.

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The Center for the Health of Incarcerated Persons intends to improve the health of those passing through correctional facilities; to promote the conduct of ethically responsible and scientifically rigorous health research in prisons, jails, and post-incarceration settings; and to promote collaboration among researchers with an interest in correctional health. Members include Rollins faculty, pre- and post-doctoral students, investigators and staff of correctional institutions, health professionals, and leaders of community-based organizations.  

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The Center for Humanitarian Emergencies at Emory (CHE@Emory) drives global collaboration, research, and evidence-based training to improve the lives and well-being of populations impacted by humanitarian emergencies. The CHE@Emory combines the teaching and research strength of Rollins with the applied technical skills of CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB).

CHE@Emory offers a variety of programs designed to increase domestic and international capacity for effective response to complex humanitarian emergencies. These programs include:

  1. Certificate in  Complex  Humanitarian  Emergencies- open  to  Rollins  School  of Public Health students on a competitive basis
  2. The Global Humanitarian Emergency Fellowship- a competitive fellowship that invests in its fellows to create public health leaders in developing countries
  3. International, field-based practicum opportunities designed to educate and train students to work in global humanitarian emergencies.

Notably, CHE@Emory has a larger cadre of technical experts in global humanitarian emergencies than any other university or public health school in the world, including 15 technical experts from ERRB serving as adjunct faculty in the Hubert Department of Global Health. Together, Emory and CDC share a joint vision of improving the lives of populations impacted by global humanitarian emergencies.

The mission of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research (CPHPR) is to advance the art and science of public health practice and identify policies and tools that enable communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emerging infectious diseases, terrorism, and other public health threats.

The CPHPR was established at Rollins in January 2002 as an academic center for training, research, and service with funding from the O. Wayne Rollins Family Foundation. A public health preparedness course is taught annually, and the center assists the Student Outbreak Response Team. Grants have included the National Institutes of Health-funded behaviorally based training for those working in high level (BSL3 and BSL4) biocontainment laboratories and the CDC-funded Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center.

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The Center for Spina Bifida Research, Prevention, and Policy is a collaboration between Emory’s Department of Pediatrics, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Sophie’s Voice Foundation. The center’s primary goal is the global prevention of folic-acid-preventable spina bifida. The center will also create programs to help advance the quality of life for individuals living with spina bifida, including individuals transitioning from pediatric to adult care. The director of this center is Dr. Godfrey P. Oakley from the Department of Epidemiology.

The CTAPS at Emory and the University of Georgia brings together researchers to study the neuroendocrine, inflammatory, and neurocognitive pathways through which chronic stress affects African Americans' vulnerabilities to drug use and HIV risk behavior and to translate these findings into new and refined preventive interventions for rural African Americans. The center director is Gene Brody, PhD, and the Emory PI is Michael Windle, PhD, both in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education.

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In the United States, one person dies every three minutes from an injury—that’s more than 177,000 deaths per year. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death for people ages 1-44, and remains one of the top 10 leading causes of death for all other age groups. The Emory Center for Injury Control (ECIC) is dedicated to reducing the health and economic impacts of injuries in Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and nationwide.  Established in 1993, the ECIC’s mission is to strengthen the field and reduce injuries by facilitating collaborations, supporting innovative research, training practitioners and researchers, and bridging the gap between science and practice.  We do this by operating a “center without walls” that breaks down academic and institutional silos and applies multidisciplinary approaches to research and prevention programs that will decrease the burden of injury in Georgia and throughout the U.S. 

Currently, the ECIC supports a vibrant network of 12 universities, 24 government and non-governmental organizations, and 171 researchers. While the ECIC is administratively located at Emory University, our leadership team is comprised of faculty and staff from six local institutions and community organizations. Our products include relevant, high-yield research, high impact programs, and engaged trainees. 

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The mission of the Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance is to build capacity within the public health field by providing training and technical assistance to public health professionals and organizations nationwide to help them design, implement, and evaluate effective programs and policies. Two dedicated centers, the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center and the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium, have provided tailored capacity-building services to community, state, and national programs in all 50 states and territories since 2001.

Focus areas include: developing the public health workforce through toolkits for self-study, web-based courses, webinars, and on-site training sessions; translating and diffusing evidence-based programs and strategies; and creating and managing public health online learning communities and networks. This work is funded by grants and contracts with a wide range of federal agencies, state and local health departments, and national and community-based foundations and nonprofit organizations. 

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The Emory Global Diabetes Research Center (EGDRC), leverages an extensive global network to develop and advance the abilities of Emory, US, and non-US researchers to engage in world-class research in diabetes and other related non-communicable diseases such as stroke, hypertension, heart disease, and co-morbid conditions such as tuberculosis, mental health, and HIV.

EGDRC provides opportunities for faculty, fellows, and students to understand causes and consequences, investigate better treatments and care delivery, investigate prevention methods, and inform policy by exploring risk factors. Dr. K. M. Venkat Narayan, Ruth and O.C. Hubert Chair in the Hubert Department of Global Health, directs EGDRC.

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 Founded in 2004, the Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC) focuses on community-based cancer prevention and the reduction of health disparities in rural Georgia. The EPRC conducts research and evaluation studies to understand how social and physical environments affect tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition, obesity and cancer screening. 

Much of the EPRC’s research is developed in collaboration with community partners in rural, southwest Georgia. Its mission is to become a hub of interdisciplinary chronic disease prevention research, training, and practice at Emory and to strengthen community-engaged research partnerships. The EPRC is dedicated to improving the lives of Georgia residents by developing and testing innovative interventions, evaluating promising practices, and training practitioners on evidence-based practices to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases. 

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EPICORE is a multidisciplinary research group concentrating on clinical and population epidemiology, clinical trials, and translational research in cardiovascular diseases and related disciplines.

Main areas of interest include:

  • Novel biomarkers of cardiovascular risk 
  • Subclinical cardiovascular disease
  • Women’s health
  • Diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Twin studies
  • Cardiovascular outcomes research
  • Psychosocial factors and the effect of mind-body interactions on health

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The Georgia Center for Cancer Statistics (GCCS), located within the Department of Epidemiology, serves as the designated agent of the Georgia Department of Public Health for conducting the activities and oversight of the population-based Georgia Cancer Registry. Founded in 1976, GCCS is one of the original members of the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program and is also now a member of the National Program of Cancer Registries from the CDC.   

GCCS is devoted to population-based cancer surveillance, cancer control, and cancer research for the state of Georgia. The center has extensive experience with cancer surveillance and control activities, population science, population-based registry data, registry operations, data security, electronic capture of cancer case data, linkage of data to external data sources, and uses of the registry for research purposes.

The center collaborates with students and researchers across the nation to analyze existing registry data sets (like SEER-Medicare or SEER-MHOS) and to utilize the population-based Georgia Cancer Registry as a linkage source or sampling frame for countless research studies. Data from this center furthers our understanding of cancer in Georgia and is used to develop strategies and policies for cancer prevention and control.

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In collaboration with GeorgiaTech, the HERCULES: Health and Exposome Research Center, is one of 20 environmental health sciences core centers funded by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. Led by Dr. Gary Miller (center director) and Dr. Paige Tolbert (deputy director), the center is designed to enhance environmental health sciences research on campus by focusing on innovation.

The environment, broadly defined, plays a major role in health and disease, but has been underrepresented in the research community. The exposome provides a potential vehicle to better incorporate the environmental component into the study of disease and health. HERCULES provides key infrastructure and expertise to develop and refine new tools and technologies. Key among these are the Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core and the Systems Biology Core which can develop the needed tools to assess the exposome. The former will help generate exposure data, improve metabolomic approaches, and facilitate clinical studies, while the latter will help synthesize the data into comprehensive computational models.

Promoting exposome-related research has the potential to stimulate discovery, promote collaboration, and enhance communication. HERCULES works to foster an intellectual climate that encourages innovation and collaboration in order to pursue key challenges in environmental health sciences.

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The Interfaith Health Program (IHP) examines religion’s role as a social force that impacts health beliefs and behaviors as well as health policies in both domestic and international contexts. Recognizing that religion may either contribute to public health or stand in tension with public health, IHP builds partnerships with religious, academic, and civil society partners to support projects that advance health.

Through its interdisciplinary research and community-based programs, IHP attempts to mobilize religion as a positive force for human rights, social justice, and culturally relevant public health initiatives. IHP faculty and staff are scholars and practitioners in community health, religious studies, health policy, and sociological studies. They combine teaching, scholarship, and practice in a variety of contexts both in the U.S. and abroad.

IHP maintains a robust website with a comprehensive bibliography, document and resource center, interactive forums, descriptions of current projects, and news for those interested or working in public health and religion. Students participate in IHP activities as interns or employed graduate research assistants. IHP offers an innovative international study opportunity for Emory students that combines classroom study on religion, health, and development with student peers and faculty from St. Paul’s University in Kenya and an eight-week field placement in Kenyan FBOs. 

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The goal of the Office of Applied Public Health is to improve the practice and performance of preventive health systems at the community level through the transfer and translation of theory to the practice setting. The study of preventive health systems requires integration of traditional and nontraditional public health disciplines as well as the development of multi-sector partnerships, especially the collaboration of academic institutions with public agencies and community constituencies.

Faculty and students explore the key forces and future trends affecting the design of preventive health systems and the future of public health; prevention systems within the broader health system context through preventive health systems research; the core functions required to support population-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions and the linkages and relationships between the required components of the preventive health system; and the competencies required to enhance population-based health goals.

SCAPE is a multi-institutional, multidisciplinary center addressing critical issues related to the health impact of ambient air pollution. The center focuses on characterizing ambient air pollution mixtures and elucidating their role in health risks. In collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the center is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.  

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The Southeast Institute for Training and Evaluation (SITE) serves as a resource for public health agencies and programs in the state and region. It provides educational outreach, needs assessment, curriculum development, and evaluation expertise to Rollins and public health communities. Students and faculty often join SITE staff in various projects. SITE enables students to learn health promotion and education through public health practice in community settings.

The Blount Center endeavors to build bridges between academic, governmental, non-governmental, and religious institutions in support of sound, sustainable public health and development initiatives grounded in a shared vision of human rights and social justice. The center focuses on addressing social-systemic factors that leave those who are most marginalized in our society with the ill effects of health disparities. With this focus, the Blount Center works both in the United States and internationally to encourage gender equity, LGBT civil rights, racial and ethnic equality, and economic opportunity. The center works collaboratively with other Emory programs and enjoys a strong, ongoing partnership with the Interfaith Health Program.

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Directed by Carol J.R. Hogue, PhD, Jules and Deen Terry Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Professor of Epidemiology, the mission of the Women’s and Children’s Center (WCC) is to promote the health and well-being of women and children through instruction, research, and practice. The WCC serves as a focal point at Rollins for training and research in maternal and child health and women’s health.

Since its founding in 1992, the WCC has collaborated with the departments of epidemiology, health policy and management, behavioral sciences and health education, and international health. Research conducted by core faculty of the WCC is designed to develop the knowledge base for better understanding the particular health risks experienced by vulnerable populations  of  women  and  children,  and  the ways  to  provide  health  promotion  and disease prevention care for these populations.

This research requires the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists, social scientists, health services researchers, and clinicians. Collaborators include public and private health providers in several states, including Georgia, Michigan, and South Carolina. Rollins students gain experience through participating as research assistants in projects funded primarily by federal agencies and nonprofit foundations. 

The WCC seeks also to translate its research findings into improved public health services through providing educational experiences for practicing health care practitioners. With funding from federal grants and health foundations, the WCC writes state-of-the-art training packages, manuals, and other training materials to disseminate both research findings and new methodologies. 

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Additional Programs and Institutes

Located in Atlanta, and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1998, the AITRP has established itself as a training environment that produces highly qualified HIV/AIDS researchers who are already making important contributions to HIV prevention and treatment efforts in their home countries.

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The Emory Global Health Institute helps Emory University improve health around the world by supporting Emory faculty members and students engaged in a variety of global health research, scholarship, service, and training activities.

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GHI-CTP was established in 2008 by a five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the GHI-CTP is to reduce the health, social, environmental, and economic burdens of tobacco use in China. 

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The FFI, formerly the Flour Fortification Initiative, is an international partnership working to improve health by advocating for fortification in industrial grain mills. We specialize in wheat and maize flour and rice.

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Rollins has a long history of incredible public health partnerships in Latin America. Now, our school applies successful practices among the growing Hispanic/Latino population in the Southeastern United States, especially in the state of Georgia.

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The mission of the Leon Research Group is to prevent parasitic and enteric diseases (with a focus on Norovirus and Rotavirus) in vulnerable populations of the Americas.

We aim to:

  • Develop effective interventions through applied research
  • Influence policy
  • Mentor the next generation of public health professionals

We create real-world solutions through ethical research that values individual dignity and engages the communities we serve.

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PRISM Health conducts a broad portfolio of National Institutes of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and foundation-funded studies and projects and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research, to generate theories and knowledge, and to translate findings into effective sexual health interventions and programs. PRISM's mission is to conduct quality science, innovative research, and evidence-based programming to better understand and improve the sexual health and well-being of sexual minority populations.

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RZHRG has been a global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS for more than 25 years, supporting couples voluntary counseling and testing throughout sub-Saharan Africa. In the RZHRG model, HIV test results are shared with the partners together, and they work with counselors to develop a plan to address the impact of HIV/AIDS in their lives.

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The SEER Program of the National Cancer Institute works to provide information on cancer statistics in an effort to reduce the burden of cancer among the U.S. population.

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Our programs include work in three sectors: health system strengthening, immunization and vaccines, and neglected tropical diseases. In each of these areas, we work with partners and communities around the world to provide and improve the resources necessary for better global health for those in need.

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Seeing over 14,000 patients a year, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia's only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and serves as the coordinating center for cancer research, education, and care throughout Emory University.

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