Centers & Institutes

School of Public Health faculty are affiliated several City University of New York research centers and institutes. These provide opportunities for faculty and student research.

Brookdale Center on Healthy Urban Aging and Longevity at Hunter College advances successful aging and longevity through research, education, and evaluation of evidence-based models of practice and policy.

Affiliated public health faculty: Professors Fahs, Gallo, Gardner, Horiushi and Thorpe.

Website: http://www.brookdale.org/


Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Queens College analyzes environmental, energy and resource problems and their economic and health implications.

Affiliated public health faculty: Professor Morabia.

Website: http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/cbns/


Center for Community and Urban Health at Hunter College works with service providers and communities to design and evaluate health interventions that will improve the lives of underserved populations.

Affiliated public health faculty: Professors Alcabes, Krauss, Parsons, and Wheeler.

Website: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/schoolhp/centers/comm_urb/staff.htm


Center for Gene Structure and Function at Hunter College builds unique collaborations among biologists, chemists, biopsychologists, biophysicists, bioanthropologists and health scientists; recruits and equips outstanding faculty; develops and share core research facilities; and to implement strategies for scientific networking.

Affiliated public health faculty: Professors Freudenberg, Parsons, Talih and Wheeler.

Website: http://genecenter.hunter.cuny.edu


Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training at Hunter College conducts research on social and psychological factors that contribute to HIV transmission.

Affiliated public health faculty: Professors Grov and Parsons.

Website: http://www.chestnyc.org/index.html


Center for Human Environments at the Graduate Center studies the relationship between people and their physical settings. It provides a forum for environmental research that examines the problems faced by neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, not-for-profits, policy-makers, and government agencies.

Affiliated public health faculty: Professors Freudenberg and Lennon.

Website: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/che/


CUNY Institute for Demographic Research at Baruch College launched New York’s first demographic research and training program, thereby producing an intellectually vibrant community of scholars in that field.

Affiliated public health faculty: Professors Dowd, Horiushi, Maantay, Romero, and Talih.

Website: http://www.cuny.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/cidr/history-mission.html


CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College create understanding of the connections between the everyday lives of urban citizens and their natural world, leading to the discovery and use of cities like New York as a learning laboratory to create a sustainable future for cities worldwide.

Affiliated public health faculty: Professors Freudenberg and Maantay.

Website: http://www.cunysustainablecities.org


Institute on Health Equity at Lehman College seeks tonarrow the current gaps in the health status between the better off and New York City’s underserved ethnic/racial populations. It works to identify and change the social determinants of health that contribute to the high rates of morbidity and mortality among these populations, and provide technical support to its community partners.

Affiliated public health faculty: Professors Aguirre-Molina, Borrell, Levitt and Roberts.

Website: http://www.lehman.edu/cuny-health-equity/


New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College seeks to contribute to the creation of policies that improve New York City’s food environments to reduce food-related health, social, and environmental problems. To realize its goals, the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College seeks to create public-private partnerships for improved food environments in New York City. In this capacity, the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College proposes to work with City Harvest, a food rescue and distribution organization dedicated to ending hunger in New York City, on several research initiatives regarding City Harvest’s nutrition education programs.

Affiliated public health faculty: Professors Freudenberg, Leung, Platkin, Poppendieck and Yeh.

Website: http://nycfoodpolicy.org/about/