Center for Public Health Nutrition

Centers & Groups

The Center for Public Health Nutrition is located within the University of Washington School of Public Health and is affiliated with the departments of Epidemiology, Health Services and the Nutritional Sciences Program. CPHN houses two research groups:

UW Center for Obesity Research

The UW Center for Obesity Research (UW-COR) is facilitating interdisciplinary research that addresses biomedical, social, economic, and environmental aspects of obesity. UW-COR's objective is to advance science and improve health by aligning research aims with local, state, and national policy objectives. The Center's long-term goal is to translate research results into evidence-based strategies for obesity prevention and treatment. more >

Public Health Practice Group

Our Public Health Nutrition Practice Group promotes policies and systems that foster healthy eating and active living through research, evaluation, communication, training, and networking. We partner with public health professionals and faculty in academia, officials from state and local government agencies, community advocates, members of professional organizations, and private health practitioners. Together we work to make positive changes in communities, schools, child care, and government nutrition programs through public health practice. more >

Our Mission is to:

  • Advance new knowledge to improve nutrition, food systems, and population health.
  • Provide technical assistance in the translation of research into public health policy and practice.
  • Inform efforts to prevent and manage obesity and non-communicable diseases at local and state level.
  • Build partnerships and collaborations with local health jurisdictions, government agencies, practitioners
  • Address the socio-economic determinants of health.