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Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University

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Institute on Urban Health Research Mission


During the last four years of funding the Institute on Urban Health Research has carried out a number of activities that lay the groundwork to achieve our ultimate goal of establishing a synergistic research focus on urban health at Northeastern University. To achieve this goal, we set forth the following objectives:

  • Foster an Interdisciplinary and Practice-Relevant Model of Research
  • Conduct Nationally Recognized Research on Urban Health Issues
  • Foster Urban Health Research at Northeastern University

Prior to the founding of the Institute, there was no centralized focus on urban health research at NEU. Within the last four years, the IUHR made urban health research visible on campus and has created a number of avenues for faculty development and collaboration and student participation. IUHR has made significant strides in furthering NEU's connection to external researchers and community agencies.

Mission Statement

An Institute devoted to knowledge discovery and its practical application to improve personal and public health within urban communities. The IUHR is particularly focused on understanding the social and environmental conditions of urban living in order to inform public health intervention strategies, policies and professional training.

To accomplish this mission, the IUHR:

  • Conducts research and expansion of knowledge through sponsored research on chronic health conditions and health services, and tests the efficacy of interventions to improve health problems.
  • Promotes faculty scholarly leadership and student learning through the Faculty Scholars and Student Fellowship Programs in Urban Health Research.
  • Disseminates knowledge on urban health through research and policy symposia, scholarly publications and presentations, and information for service providers and policy makers.
  • Enhances connectivity across academic disciplines and with practitioners through collaborative research.
  • Provides community service through the translation of research into practice.

Founded in 2001, the IUHR has received millions of dollars in research and training grants. These are funded by a combination of federal, state, city, and foundation grants and by a President's Award given by Northeastern University President Richard M. Freeland and support from Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

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