About

Health promotion and health communication have emerged as critical fields of research, theory, and practice in the 21st century. They play important roles in facilitating health, preventing disease, improving healthcare quality and outcomes, and promoting equity in the health of populations. The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion conducts research, education, and service to improve health promotion and communication practices. By committing to widespread translation and implementation of evidence-based interventions, policies, and messages, the Center aims to close the large and well-documented gap between research and practice in public health.

Read the Lerner Center's Vision Statement to learn more about our goals. 

Department of Sociomedical Sciences 
The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion draws from the distinctive approach of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, which focuses on the social determinants of health and disease. By exploring broad social, historical, and political contexts, the department tackles public health challenges with action-oriented research that empowers communities and shapes public policies.

Mission

The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion conducts research, education and service to improve health promotion and health communication practices.  The Center works across disciplines in three key areas:

Research: Through domestic and global activity, the Center’s interdisciplinary faculty and research scholars conduct innovative work, publish, and actively translate their findings to enrich knowledge about effective health promotion and health communication strategies.

Education: Through curricula, public programming, and hands-on workshops, the Center trains future leaders to translate, communicate, and advocate for evidence-based health policies and programs.

Service: Community partners benefit from Center expertise with messaging, advocacy campaigns, and study designs. The Center also serves as a training resource for scientists and educators to improve their capacity to communicate to external audiences including media, donors, and policymakers.


Contact

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Azure Nowara, aen2129@columbia.edu.

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