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Quick Facts

The Institute for Health Research and Policy is the home and incubator for multidisciplinary health research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

UIC's largest research unit, the institute was designated by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in 1997 to stimulate and support high-quality campus research with aims to improve health practices and policies through a multidisciplinary perspective.

Administered through the School of Public Health on behalf of deans of all UIC colleges, the institute brings together faculty researchers from more than 8 colleges and 30 departments to:

  • Address complex population health issues, including obesity, tobacco use, diabetes, cancer and an aging society;
  • Examine behavioral, policy and socioeconomic influences on health; and
  • Develop and test interventions to resolve health challenges.

In all its work, IHRP research aims to understand and reduce racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the prevalence and burdens of the top causes of death and disability in the United States. Our researchers partner with leaders and residents throughout Illinois to improve their communities’ health, and collaborate with scientists around the world. We train new investigators and mentor faculty at all stages of their research careers.

In FY2014, the institute was awarded more than $18 million in external research funding, ranking it among the top UIC campus departments for research productivity. For every dollar invested by the State of Illinois in the institute over the past five fiscal years, IHRP generated an average of nearly $34 in new research funding.


Robin J. Mermelstein, PhD

Deputy Director

Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD

Affiliated Centers and Programs

Center for Health Behavior Research
Center for Research on Health and Aging
Health Policy Center
Health Promotion Research Program

Extramural Research Funding (FY2014)


Total Funding Awarded 1997–2014

$271.5 million

No. of Research Studies (FY2014)


UIC Colleges Whose Faculty Collaborate at IHRP

Applied Health Sciences
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Public Health
Urban Planning and Public Affairs

UIC Departments Whose Faculty Collaborate

Biobehavioral Health Science; Bioengineering; Biopharmaceutical Sciences; Communication; Community Health Sciences; Computer Science; Disability and Human Development; Economics; Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Policy and Administration; Health Systems Science; Kinesiology and Nutrition; Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy; Medicine (Sections of Digestive Disease and Nutrition, Health Promotion Research, Hepatology, Internal Medicine and Nephrology); Opthalmology and Visual Science; Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences; Pathology; Periodontics; Pharmacy Administration; Pharmacy Practice; Physical Therapy; Psychiatry; Psychology; Public Administration; Sociology; Urology

Learn more about the institute's history.