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.


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.

Affiliate Organizations

The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is affiliated with several key partner organizations: 

The Monday Campaigns is a non-profit public health initiative that dedicates the first day of every week to healthy behaviors that prevent chronic disease. By providing research, creative materials, and case studies, the Monday Campaigns helps partner organizations incorporate ready-to-scale health campaigns into their own health promotion programs. The organization also supports individuals through consumer websites and social media with weekly recipes, tips and resources that can help them live healthier week after week. 

The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University improves the health of the community through service, research, education, as well as advocacy and policy. The Center works in partnership with citizens, students, researchers and public health professionals to identify needs, develop programming and deploy collaborative initiatives. Based at the Maxwell School, and working in conjunction with the Central New York Master of Public Health Program, the Center provides a foundation for respectful community engagement and develops evidence-informed policies that improve population health. 

The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health equips public health professionals with the tools needed to win the battle against preventable diseases brought on by unhealthy behaviors and unfavorable social and policy environments on the local, national and global level. The Center trains faculty and students in the art and science of health promotion and advocacy and develops and disseminates innovative and effective health promotion and advocacy interventions that address key health issues.


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