Center on Health, Risk, and Society

The Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS), based in the Department of Sociology at American University, comprises an interdisciplinary community of scholars applying social science theories, concepts, and methods to the study of health. CHRS provides a range of resources to foster the development and implementation of innovative collaborative research on the social, political, cultural, economic, historical, and legal dimensions of health conducted at all levels of analysis.


CHRS' mission is to promote and support transformative, multi-disciplinary research to understand and address the social context and structural drivers of health and risk.

Goals and Objectives

  • Promote innovative interdisciplinary research using social science theories, concepts, and methods
  • Foster a sense of community and collaboration among researchers
  • Facilitate externally funded research
  • Influence health-related debates and policies
  • Gain media exposure for the contributions of social science perspectives in promoting understanding of health
  • Expand social science theories, concepts and methods by applying them to health-related questions
  • Contribute to improved health outcomes locally, nationally, and globally



Current projects of the Center on Health, Society, and Risk include:

Watkins, Room G-12

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