Centers and Institutes

Faculty within the Community Health Education program support, collaborate, and contribute to several centers and institutes within the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Together, we foster transdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach efforts that span the basic and applied sciences and public health, clinical practice and community applications.

The Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center (WMPHTC)

The Western MA Public Health Training Center (WMPHTC) has recently been developed through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The training center's mission is to improve the ability of the frontline public health workforce to provide public health services that address chronic disease and other public health issues.

The WMPHTC assists communities in Springfield, Holyoke, Pittsfield and the Berkshires through:

Collaborative Projects: The WMPHTC provides funding for innovative public health collaborative projects.

Frontline Public Health Worker Trainings: The WMPHTC offers paid workforce development training programs for frontline health workers.

Internship Program: The WMPHTC places SPHHS student interns who can assist community agencies and programs.

Visit the WMPHTC website for more information.

The Center for Research and Education in Women's Health (CREWH)

The Center for Research and Education in Women's Health (CREWH) was established at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1997 to promote the health of women of all ages using a multidisciplinary approach. The center includes researchers and educators from a variety of disciplines who share a common interest in better understanding factors that affect women’s health throughout the lifecycle. CREWH supports and recognizes the development of internationally recognized research and high quality undergraduate and graduate education.

Visit the CREWH website for more information.

The Institute for Global Health (IGH)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Institute for Global Health (IGH) is committed to protecting and promoting the health of people throughout the world, especially those living in developing nations. To fulfill this mission, the IGH provides educational opportunities for international personnel seeking advanced training in the public health sciences and conducts collaborative interdisciplinary research projects designed to develop effective programs and policies to ameliorate pressing health problems.

Visit the IGH website for more information.