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Center for Cancer Prevention, research and outreach

The Center for Cancer Prevention, Research & Outreach (CCPRO) was formed by Saint Louis University's Cancer Center and College for Public Health & Social Justice with funds from Emerson, The Express Scripts Foundation and Ascension Health.

Our students work with many community organizations in St. Louis and internationally. Students also are encouraged to gain a greater appreciation for different cultures and communities by traveling and participating in immersion trips, and mission trips.

Co-Directors: Ricardo J. Wray, PhD, and Mark A. Varvares, MD, FACS

Related news: "SLU receives grant to fund biopsies for uninsured" (2/27/2015)

Institute for Global Health & Wellbeing

Global health is the health of populations in a global context and transcends the perspectives and concerns of individual nations or states. Simply stated, global health is public health without borders. Global health practice includes a global perspective applied to the serious health problems of our local communities.

Deputy Director: Beth Embry, MPH, MBA


The Center for Environmental Education & Training is a certified OSHA Training Institute that provides training and education services to professionals in environmental health and safety, as well as to general workers and the community at large.

In addition to regularly scheduled courses, the center provides customized training to business, industry and public agencies either at SLU or on site. The center also offers consulting services in a number of areas, including environmental training and education, industrial hygiene, occupational health, safety and risk assessment and compliance management.

Director: Chris King, PhD, CSP, CHMM

The Doerr Center for Social Justice Education & Research

The Emmett J. and Mary Martha Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research is an independently funded center within the School of Social Work that promotes long range solutions to social problems through education and research.

The center was established in 1996 through the vision of Father William J. Hutchison, SJ, a former dean of the School of Social Work. It was funded through an endowment by the Doerrs, the family of a 1937 graduate of the School, and through contributions by faculty and friends of the School.

Contact: Amelia Blanton 314-977-2722

SLU's Heartland Centers

The Heartland Centers for Public Health & Community Capacity Development, formed in collaboration with academic and practice partners serving several states in the heartland region, consist of four Centers that are supported by a comprehensive Learning Management System (LMS).

The primary goal of the Heartland Centers and LMS is to create a sustained system for integrated competency-based strategic public health workforce development and organizational capacity improvement to meet local, state and national health and safety directives and objectives. All Centers and the LMS are linked with other collaborating regional centers and other LMS to form national networks with common goals and objectives.

Director: Kathleen Wright, EdD

SLU's Institute for Biosecurity

The Institute for Biosecurity has pioneered the use of distance-learning technologies to train professionals in the fields of biosecurity and disaster preparedness. The Institute provides both course instruction and ongoing academic research in the fields of disaster preparedness and response, community resilience, worldwide terror threats and surveillance, and the ecological and social effects of bioterrorism.

Founded in 2001, the Institute has successfully established key partnerships in the health care and public health professions on a national, state and local level. The Institute is also supported by a team of information technology and web specialists who provide faculty and student technical support for all aspects of the online, distance-learning course delivery system.

Director: Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC