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 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 neighborhood level

Funding Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2002-2021
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2006-2020
National Institutes of Health 2008-2022
United States Department of Agriculture 2015-2020
Laura and John Arnold Foundation 2015-2019
City of Seattle 2017-2021
Public Health – Seattle and King County 2017-2019
Taylor’s University Kuala Lumpur, 2018-2020
National Science Foundation, 2018-2021

Reporting Structure

Stephen Hawes, Chair, Epidemiology

Related UW Entities

School of Public Health: Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Health Services

External Partners

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