CCHS Research:
Leading Patient-Centered Medical and Population Health Research

Mission: Develop and implement a research strategy that promotes CCHS as a leading hub for scholarly training in patient-centered medical research and population health. CCHS will provide the infrastructure, leadership, training and resources to promote integrated scholarly activity, enhance research productivity and increase external funding of research programs throughout the College and University.

Research Vision: CCHS will become a leading hub for transformative, innovative and collaborative physical and behavioral health care through knowledge and scientific discoveries.

To talk more about collaborating with us, contact Martha Crowther at or (205) 348-7802.

Our research efforts are growing

CCHS research funding increased 35 percent in 2018 as compared to the previous year, as College faculty were awarded grants and contracts totaling $2.3 million.

Our researchers are supported

We are committed to providing faculty and students with the resources and staff support that turn imagination and inspiration into reality.

Our researchers are showcased

CCHS hosts an annual peer-reviewed research and scholarly activity day to showcase medical student, resident physician and faculty research.

Our research makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve

Research Centers

Institute for Rural Health Research

The Mission of the Institute for Rural Health Research is to provide affiliated researchers and community partners with collaborations and resources with which to lead transformational, need-driven health related research to ensure the quality of life of those living in rural or other areas of need.

The Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society

The Center explores, investigates, compares and contrasts the historical and contemporary aspects of the tobacco issue and the role and influence of tobacco in society.

Research Focus Areas

CCHS faculty from a diverse range of disciplines generate knowledge that benefits individuals and communities throughout Alabama and the region. CCHS research focus areas include:

Population Health

Population health is concerned with outcomes of a group of individuals, such as geographic populations, ethnic groups, disabled persons, prisoners, employees or any other defined group.

Health Care Equity

Health care equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people and includes efforts to ensure that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.

Community Engaged Research

Community engaged research is a collaborative process between the researcher and community partner that creates and disseminates knowledge with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community.

Interprofessional Collaborative Research

Interprofessional collaborative research occurs when researchers from different health-related professions collaborate.