Labs & Research
The College of Public Health earned $21.6 million in research grants in 2016. Graduate students have opportunities to work with faculty who are conducting cutting-edge research in epidemiology on the cause, risk and trajectory of population-wide health. Labs include
- the Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program,
- the Biostatistics Support Center,
- the Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Lab, and
- Pokhrel’s Nanotechnology and Health Lab (PNHL).
The College also maintains affiliations with:
- Fox Chase Cancer Center
- The Food Trust
- Health Federation of Philadelphia
- The School District of Philadelphia
- The Philadelphia Department of Health
- Public Health Management Corporation
In addition, faculty and students are involved in research with university affiliates in the Department of Nursing in the College of Public Health, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and the Kornberg School of Dentistry, among others.
Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program
The behavioral and cancer epidemiology research program examines the behavioral and biological determinants of cancer in the general and underserved populations. Employing a three-pronged approach, Temple researchers in the program are working with faculty from institutions across the U.S. to
- develop both community-based and online interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening behavior;
- employ spatial and structural equation modeling to assess the role of social determinants, socio-economics and health disparities in cancer-related outcomes; and
- use psychometric data to evaluate the validity of scales measuring barriers to commonly recommended cancer screening methods.
The long-term goal of these research activities is to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality through community-engaged, translational research. Learn more about the Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program.
In 2016, The National Science Foundation placed Temple University as an R1 institution for “highest research activity”, placing it among the top four percent of all four-year institutions in the U.S.
In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed the university among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.