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 three 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 >

Taste, Appetite & Eating Behavior Research Laboratory

The Center's Behavioral Research Laboratory studies the details of appetite and eating behavior. Much of the laboratory's work focuses on nutritional and sensory factors that determine how hungry or full people feel in between meals and how much people eat at mealtimes. Previous projects have tested whether the texture, taste or nutrient content of food and beverages affect appetite and control hunger. more >

Our Mission is to:

  • Advance public health approaches to improve nutrition and physical activity through environmental and policy change
  • Build partnerships and collaborations with practitioners, government agencies and communities
  • Provide technical assistance in the translation of research into policy and practice
  • Shape obesity and chronic disease prevention and reduction efforts