Center for Health and Wellbeing

  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has selected six Princeton professors - including two CHW affiliates - as fellows for 2020, out of 489 chosen worldwide. These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially...
  • In this podcast, CHW affiliate Shirley Tilghman shares her perspective on the postdoc career stage. She returns to a metaphor coined before COVID-19 lockdowns changed New York’s heavily congested LaGuardia Airport. “Passengers were always finding themselves flying over LaGuardia, over and over and over round in circles," she notes. "Postdocs were...
  • The Quarantine Tapes, hosted by Paul Holdengräber, chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. In this episode, CHW affiliate Ruha Benjamin expresses the difficulties posed by teaching remotely and interrogates our relationship to the technologies used to connect us in these times.
  • CHW affiliate Ramanan Laxminarayan contributed to a PBS News Hour report on India's pandemic economy, which has yet to show any signs of recovery.
  • A Princeton research team, including CHW affiliates C. Jessica Metcalf and Bryan Grenfell, has found that measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 -- such as wearing masks and social distancing -- are not only a key tool in combatting the impact of the ongoing pandemic, but have also have greatly reduced incidence of many other diseases.
  • Nature or nurture? Esmée Zwiers is fascinated by this age-old debate about the forces that drive human behavior. An economist with broad interests in labor and health economics, her postdoctoral research studies the meaningful, often measurable ways in which biological and environmental factors shape people’s lives.

Welcome to CHW

The Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) fosters research and teaching on the multiple aspects of health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries. 

The center’s goals are to understand the determinants of health and wellbeing and the role that public policy plays in shaping the quality of people’s lives, and to educate undergraduates and graduate students who aspire to careers in health and health policy.

Since its inception in 2000, CHW has convened an active interdisciplinary community of researchers who work on health, wellbeing and health policy. 

It has also developed high-quality teaching programs in health and health policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Read more

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