Organized Research Units
The Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) 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 SPH 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.
Organized Research Units procedures are established by the GW Office of Vice President of Research and the Milken Institute SPH Policy for Establishing Organized Research Units.
The following ORUs are currently aligned with Milken Institute School of Public Health:
The Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) is conducting cutting-edge research and strategic communication that promotes evidence-based policy to curb the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Center for Social Well-Being and Development is a chartered research center in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Prevention and Community Health, co-directed by Mark Edberg, MA, PhD, (Founding Director) and Hina Shaikh, JD, MPH (Associate Director). It is organized as a transdisciplinary center such that faculty and staff from other departments and schools may participate in research efforts, as appropriate. These may include the Department of Global Health, Department of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Elliott School of International Affairs, Department of Anthropology (CCAS), School of Education and Human Development, and others.
The Center on Commercial Determinants of Health (CCDH) is one of the world’s first research centers dedicated to studying commercial determinants of health (CDoH) and addressing the growing health burden caused by the private sector globally. Directed by Adnan Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD, the center brings a multi-disciplinary approach to scientific research, advocacy, and policy to strengthen health systems - with a special focus on vulnerable populations around the world.
The DC Metro Tobacco Research and Instruction Consortium (MeTRIC) is a partnership of DC-based experts in tobacco control. Researchers from three founding institutions, the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Legacy , and Georgetown University are at the core of the consortium. These institutions are joined by a variety of organizational and community partners. Their common mission is to tackle the tobacco problem in the DC metro area through innovative interdisciplinary research.
The GW Health Workforce Institute's (GWHWI) mission is to strengthen health workforce policies in the United States and around the world. The health workforce is an essential component of health care systems; policies that address its quality, supply, distribution, and organization hold the keys to improving access to high quality and affordable health care.
The Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness is led by Director Bill Dietz, MD, PhD, a nationally renowned expert in obesity, nutrition and physical activity. Dietz’s training is in pediatrics and nutritional biochemistry. The Center’s charge is to implement and evaluate strategies to improve health and to measure outcomes globally, nationally and in the Washington, DC community.
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.
The Center is dedicated to the applying a rigorous, scientific, public health-based approach to the analysis of environmental and occupational health risks.
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN) is a CTSA grant, partnering Children's National Health System and The George Washington University, with the mission of fostering broad collaborative research that accelerates discovery and drives dialogue across the bench, bedside, and community continuum. The institute offers highly integrated, cost-effective, investigator-focused resources designed to overcome research barriers, promote collaborative research, and provide research training with a special focus on children’s health and health throughout the lifespan, and provides opportunities to tap in a network of 1,200 community health centers.
D.C. Center for AIDS Research(D.C. 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.
HWRC is one of seven centers across the U.S. funded by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at HRSA. Each HWRC collects, analyzes, and reports data on the health workforce in a specific area. The GW HWRC is focused on the novel and flexible use of workers to improve health care delivery and efficiency.
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.
Through education, research and training in community health practice, this initiative safeguards and advances strong community health programs.
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.
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.
mWellness Development and Optimization Program
The mWellness Development and Optimization Program is engaged in the development, evaluation and optimization of mWellness programs. Members of the program have contributed to the development and/or evaluation of mWellness programs that have been subscribed to by approximately a million individuals in the US since 2010. These include programs that are sponsored by the US DHHS such as text4baby, SmokefreeTXT, and SmokefreeMom and those that are available commercially such as Text2Quit and Quit4baby.
Given the wide reach of these programs, this ORU’s efforts focus on:
1) Optimizing current programs
2) Developing new programs
3) Establishing the science base to guide the optimal design and delivery of such programs.
This program is currently financially supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the US Army. The program has pending proposals at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program hopes to seek further program support from organizations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and NCI to support the optimization of DHHS mWellness initiatives.
Find out more information on mWellness and mHealth work being done at The Milken Institute School of Public Health.
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.
The CTSI-CN Informatics Core brings together Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics to both conduct novel research - including the development of new analytical tools- and provide clinical researchers with support and training for data management, data analysis, data sharing, and secure data transmission and storage. We also guide our users on data query and analysis tools, addressing cohort discovery and recruitment for Clinical Trials, and specific Bioinformatics and Genomics consultations.