Shaping Public Health

The Institute for Public Health improves community and global health through research, training, and policy development

Scaling up cancer prevention, promoting productive aging, and working to improve infant health in vulnerable St. Louis populations are but a small sample of projects from a multidisciplinary collaboration among faculty and students from every school across the university.

The Institute for Public Health (IPH) improves community and global health by creating and applying new knowledge and science to address significant public health problems, training advanced academic and practice leaders in public health, and supporting the development of sound public health policy.

“The Institute for Public Health brings together investigators to tackle, in transdisciplinary approaches, major community health issues and to eliminate health disparities,” says William G. Powderly, MD, the Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health, the Dr. J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine, and co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine.

In fall 2015, the university launched the Center for Health Economics and Policy, a  venture housed in the IPH. “An increased understanding of health economics and policy is essential to reaching the nation’s goal of access to quality and affordable medical care,” says Timothy McBride, co-director of the center, a professor in the Brown School, and a leading health economist and policy analyst.

Multidisciplinary research exploring cognitive decline is another key initiative at the School of Medicine. Funded by a $15 million National Institutes of Health grant, 14 School of Medicine researchers are studying 580 adults over age 65 to see whether or not exercise, health education, mindfulness training, or a combination thereof can slow down or reverse age-related cognitive decline.

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“A focus on health economics and health policy will be critical to develop long-lasting solutions to community health issues and the elimination of health disparities.”

— William G. Powderly,
The Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health
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