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.
Learn more about the institute's history.