Centers & Institutes

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

Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR) for Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Health Outcomes is a consortium of researchers from the Hunter College departments of biology, chemistry, psychology, physics, anthropology, and urban public health, as well as from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. The CTBR is a key partner in the Clinical and Translational Science Center, an enterprise that also includes the Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing.

Affiliated faculty: Levi Waldron

Website:  http://ctbr.hunter.cuny.edu/content/about-us


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

Affiliated faculty: Professor Morabia

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


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

Affiliated 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 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 faculty: Professors Dowd, Horiuchi, Maantay, and Romero

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 to narrow the current gaps in the health status between the better off and New York City’s underserved ethnic and 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 develops intersectoral, innovative and evidence-based solutions to preventing diet-related diseases and promoting food security in New York and other cities. The Center works with policy makers, community organizations, advocates and the public to create healthier, more sustainable food environments and to use food to promote community and economic development. Through interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, evaluation and education, we leverage the expertise and passion of the students, faculty and staff of Hunter College and CUNY. The Center aims to make New York a model for smart, fair food policy.

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

Website: http://nycfoodpolicy.org/