Applied Health Science

Centers & Institutes

Applied Health Behavior Research Laboratory

High-quality applied health behavior research is facilitated by a climate that promotes communication, coordination, and collaboration among and between the faculty and the several communities and settings we serve. The mission of the Applied Health Behavior Research Laboratory (AHBRL) is to enable the Department of Applied Health Science (AHS) to fulfill the research goals of Indiana University by providing resources for faculty to conduct research and to apply for and obtain external research funding. The guiding principles and goals of the lab include: AHBRL is a shared resource open to faculty from every unit of AHS, AHBRL will incubate research efforts that are under development as well as promote and facilitate research that is well underway. AHBRL will support research being conducted by individual faculty as well as by collaborative teams that include a member of the AHS; and Collaborative teams may include other AHS faculty members, members of other unit in School of Public Health-Bloomington and of IU as well as the local, state, and national government agencies, community organizations, and private establishments.

Center for Research on Health Disparities

The Center for Research on Health Disparities (CRHD) has the mission of research, outreach, programming and training with regard to health disparities.

Its aims are to:

  • Bring students and scholars together in forums and workshops
  • Stimulate research partnerships and collaborations
  • Enhance doctoral education in the area of health disparities

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Center for Sexual Health Promotion

The Center for Sexual Health Promotion is a collaborative of sexual health scholars from across the campuses of Indiana University and strategic partner academic institutions around the globe who, in partnership with practitioners from community-based health organizations, government and industry, work toward advancing the field of sexual health through our research, education and training initiatives. 

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Indiana Prevention Resource Center

The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) offers a wide range of services to inform the public on Alcohol Tobacco, Other Drugs, (ATOD) and Gambling issues and enable prevention and treatment professionals to deliver effective, evidence-based programs, policies and practices. Our services include providing technical assistance, education, training opportunities, grant writing technical assistance, and evaluation services. The IPRC conducts the annual prevalence survey of drug use by Indiana students in grades 6 through 12 across Indiana surveying over 160,000 students last year. We have an extensive library and clearinghouse for information dissemination on ATOD and problem gambling. The IPRC uses sophisticated GIS technology to create maps and visual displays of prevention and treatment data. Projects of the IPRC include Afternoon’s R.O.C.K. in Indiana, the Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program, and the Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program.

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Industrial Hygiene Laboratory

Industrial hygiene is the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of physical, chemical, biological hazards that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and harm the environment. The Industrial Hygiene Laboratory includes a variety of equipment designed to provide data on industrial contaminants or environmental conditions that may be harmful to workers. Students are introduced to the most common types of field measurements, sampling methods and technical equipment to conduct risk assessments and determine mitigation strategies. The Industrial Hygiene Laboratory includes a variety of equipment designed to provide data on industrial contaminants or environmental conditions that may be harmful to workers. Specific equipment includes: air pumps, size selective particle samplers, particle analyzers, ventilation monitors, heat stress and heat strain monitors, noise monitors, monitors for a variety of gasses, and calibration standards. The vision is to be the leading source of occupational safety and health education, research, and training in the nation with dedicated and highly qualified faculty and staff educating our students about best safety practices and conducting leading edge research. The mission of the Industrial Hygiene Laboratory is to contribute to a safer and healthier workplace, and community through applied research, teaching and service related activities and establish beneficial partnerships with industry to further the transfer of safety education and research. The lab provides students with occupational safety and health education based on commitment, dedication, and integrity while increasing organizational safety, productivity and efficiency.

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Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior 

The mission of the Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior (IRAB) is to advance basic and translational research on addictive behavior to improve public health. The goal is to create an infrastructure that nurtures scientists across disciplines to work as teams to optimize the quality and relevance of research on addictive behavior. Access to datasets through IRAB will enable a broad range of secondary analyses.

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Nutrition Science Laboratories

The Nutrition Science Laboratories are University research facilities dedicated to nutrition science and include research labs and a classroom teaching lab for food science courses. The laboratories were completed in 1994, and feature state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Other laboratories located close by including the exercise physiology labs, contain unique equipment that is shared in a collaborative research agreement throughout the School of Public Health-Bloomington. This arrangement helps make the Applied Health Science Nutrition Science Laboratories an outstanding research facility.

Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention

The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP), which began operations in March, 1994, and is headquartered at Indiana University, is a joint project of Indiana University, University of Colorado, and University of Kentucky. The major focus of the RCAP is the promotion of HIV/STD prevention in rural America, with the goal of reducing HIV/STD incidence.

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Tobacco Control and Wellness Research Working Group

The Tobacco Control and Wellness Research Working Group is an initiative designed to provide advanced research training to graduate students who are interested in tobacco control and wellness research as well as to cultivate tobacco control and wellness research partnerships between faculty and graduate students.

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