The Center for Health Behavior Research (CHBR) tracks the development and progression of health-related behaviors, and develops and tests programs to improve health and social behaviors. As the CHBR builds evidence about what approaches succeed in improving these behaviors, it shares these best approaches with communities and researchers across the country.
The leading causes of death and disability are primarily the result of behavioral risk factors. Society can make major progress in reducing premature death and improving quality of life by changing everyday behaviors such as diet, tobacco use, and low physical activity.
CHBR is part of the Institute for Health Research and Policy housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The center works with dozens of community-based organizations, nonprofit service-oriented organizations, health care providers, schools and government agencies providing health and social services.
Dr. Jun Ma , professor of health policy and administration in the UIC School of Public Health, directs this center.
Researchers in CHBR aim to:
As part of the University of Illinois at Chicago, CHBR nurtures and supports the development of researchers through all stages of their careers.