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The Health Research Center provides an environment and infrastructure for faculty with varied interests and expertise to collaborate and develop projects that promote the overall quality of life for West Virginians


The mission of the HRC is to improve the health status of West Virginia communities through policy analysis and program evaluation.

Goals and Priorities

The main goals of the Health Research center are to:

1) Serve as a leader of health research in West Virginia by conducting formative program evaluation; providing timely policy analysis and feedback; fostering innovative, self-directed research that supports the mission of the center; and disseminating research findings.

2) Cultivate relationships/partnerships that support the mission of the center by collaborating with various schools/units within WVU; developing and enhancing partnerships with pertinent state agencies; establishing relationships with WV health care providers; and collaborating outside WV.

The Health Behavior Research Center and Addictions & Psychiatric Medicine Research merged in July of 2005 to form a comprehensive research facility, the Health Research Center. The Health Research Center is located within the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University School of Public Health.