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A diverse array of research at the frontier of scientific inquiry and discovery about interactions between environmental factors and human health is conducted in the College of Public Health.

Research in the college is sponsored by federal and private organizations including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The knowledge gained from these studies addresses the needs of local, state, national, and international organizations working to promote quality of life for people in Georgia, the United States, and elsewhere.

Research Highlights

The Environmental Health Science Department conducts applied laboratory and computational research to characterize the environmental and public health risks posed by chemicals and pathogens.

The Health Policy and Management Department conducts applied research in the areas of health disparities, quality of life assessment, health economics, and program and economic evaluation, to assess the impact that policies and programs have on population-level health.  

The Institute of Gerontology is the hub for coordinating and conducting the University of Georgia’s education, research, and outreach services associated with the study of aging and older adults.

Traffic Safety Research and Evaluation Group (TSREG) is dedicated to reducing the morbidity and mortality caused by traffic crashes through interdisciplinary research identifying effective program strategies and best practices for highway safety planning. TSREG collaborates with state, federal and local stakeholders with interests in traffic safety to conduct research on effective health promotion interventions and to assess and document program outcomes.

The Workplace Health Group conducts research on workplace health and organizational effectiveness. This work is fostered through multi-disciplinary collaboration and partnerships with business and industry.

The Youth Violence Prevention Group conducts research on the study and prevention of school violence and bullying and the promotion of positive, caring school environments.

The Georgia Cancer Coalition, an independent, not-for profit organization that aims to reduce cancer deaths in the state, has named four College of Public Health researchers Distinguished Cancer Scholars. <more info>

The College of Public Health is also affiliated with the University's Child and Family Policy Initiative, whose mission is to improve governance and public policy that impacts the well-being of children and their families through university-based interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, training, and technical assistance.

The Institute for Evidence-Based Health Professions Education (EBP) is to provide a mechanism for faculty from the College of Education (COE), the College of Public Health (CPH) and other units at UGA to focus interdisciplinary research attention on this area and develop new professional education programs based on evidence-based practice.  The EBP serves as a source of expertise and training for professional education programs in public health, medicine and other health professions.