Organized Research Units

The Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute School of Public Health) is committed to creating and maintaining Organized Research Units (ORUs) that meet the highest standards of research and practice, are actively engaged in multi disciplinary scholarship as described in the Milken Institute School of Public Health and the university strategic plans, and convey GW’s image of innovation. The school’s ORUs include a variety of institutes, centers, programs, and cores. Although these ORUs capture many of our key research areas, they don’t fully reflect the breadth of research expertise of our faculty.

Contact the Associate Dean for Research Kimberly Horn ( for the detailed Milken Institute School of Public Health procedures for establishing ORUs. Also, refer to ORU procedures laid out by the  GW Office of Vice President of Research

The following ORUs are currently aligned with the Milken Institute School of Public Health:

Chartered Centers and Institutes | Non-Chartered Centers | Programs | Cores

Milken Institute School of Public Health Institutes and Centers Chartered by GW

Biostatistics Center

As the statistical coordinating center for large-scale, multicenter clinical trials and epidemiological studies, BSC ensures that study results are of the highest
scientific integrity and meet rigorous biostatistical standards.

Center for Health Policy Research

Through research and policy activities, the Center informs debate, advances the policymaking process and helps develop practical solutions to improve access to quality health care.

Center for Healthcare Quality

This Center focuses on research and implementation projects aimed at improving the quality of health care in America, with particular emphases on hospital and ambulatory quality improvement, hospital operations, health care equity, vulnerable populations, and emergency care. 

Center for HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Laboratory Research 

As a Center of Excellence for HIV/AIDS-related epidemiology, this Center is not only a key research laboratory for HIV/AIDs research, it promotes training in to contribute to the development of the next generation of HIV/AIDS researchers. The Center promotes scientific collaboration with HIV/AIDS researchers throughout GW and Washington, DC. 

GW Center for Global Health

A portal for global health activities across the university, the Center's multidisciplinary approach strengthens linkages between population health and social and economic development.

Center for Social Well Being and Development (CSWD)

CSWD is a chartered center in GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Prevention and Community Health. It is, however, organized as a transdisciplinary center such that faculty, staff from other departments and schools may be involved as appropriate. These may include the Department of Global Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Elliott School, Department of Anthropology, School of Education and Human Development and others.

Milken Institute School of Public Health Non-chartered Signature Centers

Avance Center

Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health is to foster an academic-community collaboration with the Latino immigrant community of Langley Park, MD in order to better understand factors contributing to racial/ethnic minority health disparities specific to this and other immigrant/refugee communities. 

Center for Health and Health Care in Schools

This resource center supports the development of school-based health programs across the nation and leads a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national initiative to expand school mental health and dental services.

Center for Risk Science and Public Health

The Center is dedicated to the applying a rigorous, scientific, public health-based approach to the analysis of environmental and occupational health risks.

D.C. Developmental Center for AIDS Research(D.C. D-CFAR)

This collaboration of five D.C. academic institutions aims to lead and support the scale-up of HIV/AIDS research activities in Washington D.C.; assist with the development, recruitment and retention of HIV/AIDS investigators in D.C.; and contribute to the prevention and treatment response to the epidemic.

Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health (JIWH) was founded in 1990 and became part of the Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2006. The goal of JIWH is to improve health care for women through research, dialogue, and information dissemination.

Milken Institute School of Public Health Programs

Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy

Through education, research and training in community health practice, this initiative safeguards and advances strong community health programs.

Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program

This interdisciplinary educational program focuses on how the law influences all aspects of health care and policy, and how the health care system affects traditional areas of law.

Integrated Behavioral Health Policy Program

The Center's mission is to find policy solutions that integrate behavioral health care into overall health care so that people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders get the help they need.

Milken Institute School of Public Health Cores

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Consulting Service (BECS)

The BECS is embedded in the GWU Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and provides biostatistical, epidemiological, and study design support for health-related research projects.