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Research and Training Centers

ASPPH plays a leadership role in strengthening the capacity of the public health workforce through its management and support of several federally -funded initiatives, including a number of centers funded by CDC, such as the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers, Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers, Prevention Research Centers, Education and Research Centers, as well as the HRSA-funded Public Health Training Centers.

Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC)

Through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, ASPPH supports the work of the PERLC, which are located at 14 CEPH-accredited ASPPH-member schools of public health. The PERLC develop, deliver, and evaluate core competency based preparedness and response training and education that target the public health workforce and addresses the public health preparedness and response needs of state, local, and tribal public health authorities.

Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRC)

ASPPH supports the work of the PERRC through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. PERRC, housed in nine CEPH-accredited ASPPH-member schools of public health, conduct public health systems research to examine the organization, function, capabilities, and performance in the public health system as it prepares for, and responds to, potential threats and hazards. 

Prevention Research Centers (PRC)

CDC’s academic-based prevention research program includes support for 26 centers. Selected through a competitive process and located at CEPH-accredited schools of public health or medical schools with preventive medicine residency programs, these centers conduct community-based participatory prevention research to drive community change with a special focus on chronic disease prevention. Funding is provided to develop, test, and evaluate effective interventions that are then broadly disseminated.

Education Research Centers (ERC)

Education and Research Centers (ERCs) are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  They provide interdisciplinary graduate training and continuing education in industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine, occupational safety, and other fields of occupational safety and health.  The ERCs are a major part of a network of training grants that help ensure the supply of qualified professional occupational safety and health practitioners and researchers.  All eighteen university-based ERCs are based at CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health.

Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program (AgFF)

The Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program (AgFF) is a component of a partnership begun by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to improve workplace safety.  Its research and education activities aim to prevent and reduce the occupational injury and illness of workers employed in farming, forestry, and fishing, which have three of the highest injury and fatality rates of any U.S. industry.

Public Health Training Centers (PHTC)

The Public Health Training Center (PHTC) program,  funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), are partnerships between CEPH-accredited schools of public health, related academic institutions, and public health agencies and organizations. The PHTC program focuses on strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence and capabilities of the current and future public health workforce. The PHTCs are required to fulfill statutory requirements, as outlined by HRSA.