Centers & Institutes

  • Center for Interdisciplinary
    Health Studies and Practice

    The Center for Interdisciplinary Health Studies and Practice identifies Worcester State University expertise and resources to address health-related issues in Worcester and beyond. We focus on public health systems, workforce development, and community partnerships on- and off-campus. Our research and teaching responds to current local, national, and international health needs.

    We help enhance student learning and success in the health and health-related professions through interdisciplinary collaboration, initiatives, and community outreach related to health policy and wellness. We also connect students with internship, practica, clinical, and job placement opportunities.

    1. Cultural Responsiveness/Health Equity = Culture, socioeconomic status, health literacy, and social and community networks impact the health of our communities.
    2. Healthy Environments = Human health depends on the environments in which we live, learn, work, and play.
    3. Health Promotion = Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.
    4. Nutrition/Physical Activity = Good nutrition, physical activity, and a healthy body weight are essential parts of a person’s overall health and well-being.
    5. Substance Abuse/Mental Health = Substance abuse is one of the most complex public health issues. Mental health is shaped by the social, economic, and physical environments in which people live.
    6. Violence and Injury Prevention = Stopping violence before it begins. The goal is to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by violence and injuries, and promote community resilience.
    Student Information
    If you are a WSU student in a health or health-related profession and interested in getting involved in our work or finding an internship in the Worcester area, then contact us to get started.
    Linda Larrivee
    Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences
    Honors Project Ideas
    We also invite students in WSU’s Honors Program to collaborate with us for Commonwealth Honors Projects. The relevance and hands-on learning components of our work offer a wide variety of topics for in-depth projects on health-care practices and policies.
    Committee Members
    Our committee is comprised of faculty representatives who serve as liaisons to each of WSU’s health-related departments.
    Linda Larrivee
    Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences
    Stephanie Chalupka
    Associate Dean of Nursing
    Roger Greenwell
    Kristina Curro
    Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Syamak Moattari
    Health Sciences
    Joanne Gallagher Worthley
    Occupational Therapy