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The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention addresses pressing health problems by collaborating with communities to conduct research, provide training, and translate research findings into policy and practice. The Center seeks to reduce health disparities through an emphasis on community-based participatory research to ensure that the community is involved in every stage of research. The CDC selected HPDP to be one of its first three Prevention Research Centers in 1985. Now comprised of 26 academic institutions, the PRC program is an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners that conduct prevention research and promote practices proven to promote good health.

Our Vision

Our vision is to work in partnership to bring public health research findings to the daily lives of individuals and their communities with a special focus on North Carolina and populations vulnerable to disease.

Our Mission

Our mission is to collaborate with research and community partners to:

  • enhance the ability of public health practitioners, as well as individuals, groups and communities to promote health and prevent disease,
  • identify funding opportunities and support high quality research,
  • conduct, evaluate and disseminate innovative, community-based research, and
  • develop education and training programs to translate research into public health practice.

Diversity Statement

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is committed to creating a working environment in which students, faculty, and staff can freely express themselves and interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds. In our research and training programs we value and promote diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, income level, geographic origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity. These values are perhaps most evident in the Center’s commitment to work in partnership with communities, especially those disproportionately affected by health disparities, in developing and implementing our research and training programs, including research investigations that are co-led by members of NC communities.

Who We Are

In 1985, the deans of the UNC Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health created a research center dedicated to health promotion and disease prevention. The following year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded HPDP as one of the agency’s first three Prevention Research Centers.

Today, HPDP connects more than 120 UNC researchers with communities, organizations, and agencies for the purpose of using research-based approaches to promote good health outcomes. Our Community and Policy Boards include representatives from these groups who help guide our research, training, and service activities. While our primary focus is the health concerns of North Carolinians, our reach extends nationally and internationally.