Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Public Health

Institute for Health and the Environment

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The Institute for Health and the Environment was created with the primary purpose of promoting and supporting interdisciplinary research and grants in the broad area of environment and public health among both professional researchers and students.

Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

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CEMHD is a collaborative effort focusing on minority health disparities in the smaller cities and towns of New York. We work toward eliminating health disparities by developing capacity in faculty at the University at Albany and partnering with community groups to identify their health concerns and the sources of disparities, and then plan, implement and test strategies to alleviate them. CEMHD is a partnership among community groups, hospitals, and state and county health departments.

Center for Public Health Preparedness

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CPHP provides highly relevant emergency preparedness training, resources, and assistance to public health professionals and their community response partners across New York State and the nation. The Center has established itself as a national leader in the production of high-quality, award-leader in the production of high-quality, award-winning educational programs including in-person training satellite and archived presentations, interactive, web-based training and academic courses.

Center for Public Health Continuing Education

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Here at the (CPHCE) we strive to be one of the primary sources of continuing education for the public health workforce. Many of our training opportunities are available free via distance learning. Check out the on-demand webcasts from Public Health Live, the certificate program at Public Health Nurse Ready, the online courses at the Empire State Public Health Training Center, and the Northeast Public Health Leadership Institute as well as our many other programs.

National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services

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Through a consortium of social work schools, we strengthen homeless services by creating partnerships, supporting leaders, and sharing excellence. Our approach is informed by the Restorative Integral Support (RIS) model, which synthesizes research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), resilience, and recovery into a holistic, multi-system method that supports consumers and staff while strengthening systems within communities.

Institute for Health System Evaluation (IHSE)

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The IHSE advances the University at Albany's mission for increased community engagement. The new Institute is designed to conduct objective research and analysis to help improve policy and decision making concerning the United States health system and to study various international models. The IHSE focuses on the issues that matter most to Americans and beyond, focusing on public health and the improvement of the health care system, the largest sector of the U.S. economy. The IHSE is a new consortium that creates a natural laboratory for research and evaluation of health system developments in partnership with colleges and universities, regional business, and national and international partners. This novel formal collaboration between academics and business enterprise in the regional health economy will allow for the IHSE and its partners to be more nimble in applying for increasingly competitive grants and contracts from public and private sources, since natural synergies exist between the members of the unit, as well as the fact that established teams are already connected for the translation of research into practice.

Prevention Research Center

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The Mission of the Albany Prevention Research Center is to develop diverse partnerships within and across communities to design, conduct, evaluate and disseminate the findings of studies that show innovative ways in which the resources of the community (e.g., within households, schools, work sites, faith-based organizations, etc.) can promote the health of community residents and reduce the burden of chronic disease.