PHS Research Opportunities

Washington University boasts an energetic robust group of centers across all campuses. Public Health Sciences students are encouraged to participate in ongoing research. Here you will find a list of centers that are housed in and with the Brown School, across Public Health Sciences, and around the University.

Brown School & Affiliated Research Centers

Centene Center for Health Transformation™ is a community-industry-academic healthcare partnership that advances people centered health solutions to improve lives so that communities can thrive.

Visit the Centene Center WebsiteCentene Center for Health Transformation

The Center for Advancing Health Services, Policy & Economics Research advances evidence-based research to improve health and work with policy makers and public health leaders to drive more equitable health policy.

VISIT THE CAHSPER CENTER WEBSITECenter for Advancing Health Services, Policy & Economics Research

Collaboration is essential for developing community-driven research and effective solutions that advance community health and health equity. To amplify community voice, our Center for Community Health Partnership & Research brings community partners and academic institutions together.

Visit the CHPR WebsiteCenter for Community Health Partnership and Research

The Washington University Center for Diabetes Translation Research (WU-CDTR) is the intellectual home to an outstanding network of investigators conducting cutting-edge research on the root causes of diabetes inequities.

VISIT THE WU-CDTR WEBSITECenter for Diabetes Translation Research
Center For Dissemination And Implementation

At the Center for Dissemination and Implementation we advance the growing body of Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) research methods by building training opportunities and catalyzing newly applied D&I research across health specialties.

VISIT THE CDI WEBSITECenter For Dissemination And Implementation

Human rights violations and forced displacement affect millions of individuals around the globe. Failure to account for gendered aspects of violence in these contexts continues. Our Center for Human Rights, Gender & Migration bridges research, policy, and practice to improve evidence-based response to serious human rights abuses.

Visit the CHRGM Center WebsiteCenter for Human Rights, Gender & Migration
Center For Obesity Prevention And Policy Research

The mission of the Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research (COPPR) is to improve the health of underserved populations by engaging in trans-disciplinary research that discovers new science and integrates it into policies designed to prevent obesity and diabetes.

VISIT THE COPPR WEBSITECenter For Obesity Prevention And Policy Research
Center For Public Health Systems Science

Our mission at the Center for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS) is to change systems to create healthier communities through research, evaluation, and translation.

VISIT THE CPHSS WEBSITECenter For Public Health Systems Science
Center For Violence And Injury Prevention

The mission of the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention (CVIP) is to promote healthy young families and healthy young adults by advancing evidence-based violence prevention through a range of education, research, and training activities.

VISIT THE CVIP WEBSITECenter For Violence And Injury Prevention

Data Science for Social Impact (DSSI) is an initiative that builds data capacity and collaboration among St. Louis social sector organizations working to increase impact for and with the communities they serve.

VISIT THE DSI WEBSITEData Science for Social Impact

The Division of Public Health Sciences broadens the scope of population-based research at the Washington University School of Medicine by providing a platform for our investigators from multiple disciplines to collaborate on projects that affect strategies in clinical care and outcomes.

Visit the Division WebsiteDepartment of Surgery Public Health Sciences Division

The E3 Nutrition Lab at Washington University in St. Louis’s Brown School leads research focused on improving maternal and young child nutrition in resource-poor settings to promote healthy growth and development.

Visit the E3 Nutrition Lab websiteE3 Nutrition Lab
Evaluation Center

The Evaluation Center’s mission is to advance evaluation science and practice to help organizations create lasting social impact. It was established in May 2015 to be a local, national and international evaluation resource.

Visit the Evaluation Center websiteEvaluation Center

In today’s interconnected world, a disease threat anywhere is a disease threat everywhere. Through research, education and partnership, our Global Health Center advances health equity in low-resource settings around the world.

Visit the Global Health Center websiteGlobal Health Center

The global population aged 65 and older is growing faster than all other age groups. Affecting nearly all sectors of society, population aging is one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century.

Visit the Harvey A Friedman Center for Aging websiteHarvey A Friedman Center for Aging
Health Communication Research Laboratory

The Health Communication Research Laboratory (HCRL) at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis seeks to eliminate health disparities by increasing the reach and effectiveness of health information to low-income and minority populations.

VISIT THE HCRL WEBSITEHealth Communication Research Laboratory

We aim to build a base for responsive, urgent research to increase the access to effective cancer control interventions such as early screening access; cancer prevention interventions focused on physical activity and nutrition and increasing capacity for public health practitioners, clinicians and community members.

Visit the Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control websiteImplementation Science Center for Cancer Control
Institute For Public Health

The Institute for Public Health harnesses the strengths of Washington University in St. Louis to address the complex health issues and health disparities facing the St. Louis region and the world.

VISIT THE IPH WEBSITEInstitute For Public Health
Institute Of Clinical And Translational Sciences

At the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, we are accelerating clinical and translational research to improve health outcomes and the well-being of our communities.

VISIT THE ICTS WEBSITEInstitute Of Clinical And Translational Sciences
International Center For Child Health And Development

The mission of the International Center for Child Health and Development (ichad) is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and improvement of public health outcomes for children, adolescents, and families in low-resource communities, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing nations.

VISIT THE ICHAD WEBSITEInternational Center For Child Health And Development

As the healthcare and life sciences fields shift toward transdisciplinary and data-intensive research, the Institute for Informatics (I2) provides an academic and professional home for informatics science and practice. I2 engages in innovative research, workforce development and informatics service delivery.

Visit the I2 website Institute for Informatics
Prevention Research Center In St. Louis

Prevention Research Center (PRC) researchers conduct and share research on physical activity, policy, the built environment, and the translation of evidence into public health practice, while placing particular emphasis on vulnerable populations.

VISIT THE PRC-STL WEBSITEPrevention Research Center In St. Louis

The power of data has long been a cornerstone of public health efforts to prevent disease, promote health and inform equitable policies and programs. Our Public Health Data & Training Center works across disciplines and with community partners to promote actionable and effective uses of data to advance population health.

Visit the Public Health Data and Training Center websitePublic Health Data and Training Center
Smart Africa Center

SMART Africa Center strives to reduce gaps in child and adolescent mental health services and research in Sub Saharan Africa through a population approach to child mental health.


The Social Policy Institute (SPI) is a university-wide initiative dedicated to addressing pressing social issues through transdisciplinary empirical research, dissemination of evidence-informed policy, and training.

Visit the SPI websiteSocial Policy Institute

Ellis Ballard, Director

The Social System Design Lab (SSDL) advances the science and application of system dynamics in organizations and communities. The SSDL specializes in developing participatory methods and workshops for engaging communities and organizations to design innovative solutions in complex social systems using causal maps and formal models with computer simulation.

VISIT THE SSDL WEBSITESocial System Design Lab

Washington University Research Centers