UW Research

Center for Public Health Nutrition



The mission of the Center for Public Health Nutrition is to:

  • Advance new knowledge to improve nutrition, food systems, and population health.
  • Provide technical assistance in the translation of research into public health policy and practice.
  • Inform efforts to prevent and manage obesity and non-communicable diseases at the local and state level.
  • Build partnerships and collaborations with local health jurisdictions, government agencies, practitioners, and communities.
  • Address the socio-economic determinants of health.

Core Services Offered

Policy assessment; consultation on food systems, access to healthy foods, and social disparities, spatial nutritional epidemiology methods and techniques, modeling of diets and health at the neighborhood level

Funding Information

Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (NWTEC)
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Washington Department of Health
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Ballmer Group
UW Population Health Initiative
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
National Institutes of Health
United States Department of Agriculture
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
City of Seattle
Public Health – Seattle and King County
Taylor’s University Kuala Lumpur
National Science Foundation

Reporting Structure

Stephen Hawes, Chair, Epidemiology

Reporting Structure

Stephen Hawes, Chair, Epidemiology

Related UW Entities

School of Public Health: Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Health Services, Food Systems Education and Research Network

External Partners

Washington State Department of Health, City of Seattle, Public Health – Seattle and King County, Kaiser Permanente California, Kaiser Permanente Washington, Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center