Research Centers

A mother plays with her baby at a post-natal clinic.

The UIC Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health trains students to support and promote the health and well-being of women, children and families.  In partnership with public and private agencies serving maternal and child health populations and communities, the Center emphasizes understanding the complex factors that affect population health and health disparities.  Center Website

An assembly line worker examines a small metal component, holding it up to a light.

The Center for Healthy Work is one of six Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health through the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  The Center works to remove barriers that impact the health of low wage workers in the increasingly contingent workforce by identifying and promoting employment programs, practices and policies that will improve worker and community health locally, across the state and throughout the nation.  Center Website

An aerial view of the General Iron scrapyard next to the Chicago River in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The Chicago Center for Health and Environment (CACHET) promotes multidisciplinary environmental health research among clinician, laboratory and population scientists from two Chicago area universities with complementary strengths and structure to understand, evaluate and ultimately reduce environmental health related disparities among residents of the region and beyond.  Center Website

A welder works with a torch melding a piece of metal.

The Illinois Education and Research Center provides masters and doctoral training in industrial hygiene, occupational safety, occupational and environmental epidemiology, agricultural health and safety and residency training in occupational medicine.  The Center is funded by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  Center Website

Faculty and students discuss health policy issues sitting around a table at the 2018 American Public Health Association conference.

The Institute for Health Research and Policy stimulates and supports high-quality research across UIC aimed at improving health practices and policies through a multidisciplinary perspective.  Its research aims to understand and reduce racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the prevalence and burdens of the top causes of death and disability in the US.  Institute Website

A trio of miners stand in the mouth of a mine entrance, with their headlamps lit.

The UIC Mining Education and Research Center works to reduce the risk for mining-related health problems and treat and care for the mining workforce.  Current grant projects are examining why mine dust-related lung diseases, including progressive massive fibrosis and rapidly progressive pneumoconiosis, are on the rise and evaluating the course of black lung disease over a miner’s lifetime, including malignant and non-malignant respiratory disease.  The center also trains physicians to examine coal miners and identify coal mine dust-related lung disease on X-rays.