The College of Public Health and Human Sciences makes significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge and its application. Our goal is to develop a holistic understanding of the health of individuals and populations and create feasible approaches to solving current and emerging public health and societal problems. We study individuals across the life course; focus on health equity and addressing health disparities; and conduct both basic and applied research, as well as research on the translation of public health programs to real-world settings.

Research contact

S. Marie Harvey
Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Programs
Distinguished Professor of Public Health
(Contact info and profile page)


Signature Research Areas

Our signature research areas, both current and emerging, span the expertise and disciplines of the faculty in our college and include:

  • Optimal health through nutrition and physical activity
  • Predictors and consequences of chronic diseases and the promotion of healthy behaviors
  • Healthy developmental processes and transitions across the lifespan
  • Health systems reform and health policy
  • Impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health