Portland-State-University 2019-2020 Bulletin

Research Centers and Institutes

Center for Public Health Studies

450 Urban Center


The Center for Public Health Studies (CPHS) seeks to enhance the public’s health by conducting interdisciplinary research exploring the interaction of health, society, and social policy. Our goals include:

  • assessing the structural causes and consequences of health and disease;
  • examining health behaviors in their social context;
  • studying the effects of culture and the environment on our health and attitudes toward health care; and
  • analyzing the political processes and social policies that affect the health status of populations.