Public Health Research

Research conducted at Meharry is focused on eliminating health disparities that disproportionately affect people of color and disadvantaged backgrounds. Our researchers are pioneering innovations to address the biological, behavioral, molecular, environmental, social, and other factors that contribute to the incommensurate burden of poor health care outcomes in minority and underserved populations. At Meharry Medical College, we provide our dedicated researchers with cutting-edge technology and tools that will expand their ideas and concepts to fruition.


At Meharry, our Nashville public health research efforts cover the following four signature areas:


  • Cancer
  • Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Women’s Health


With these signature areas, our researchers dive deep into countless departments including Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Immunology, Physiology, Family and Community Medicine, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Surgery, and so much more. With a team of strong, multidisciplinary researchers, we are able to make monumental progress in our Nashville public health research projects.   


Researchers at Meharry conduct bench to bedside to community research which allows us to develop new treatments and vastly improve patient care. By vigorously conducting Nashville public health research, we are able to provide effective, efficient, and most importantly, compassionate techniques to our means of healthcare delivery. It’s our mission to not only eliminate and reduce various health disparities, but to ensure that each patient is treated in a timely, safe, and equal manner.  While the Meharry researchers administer public health research in the Nashville area, our discoveries could be used to improve healthcare on a nationwide basis.


Meharry’s researchers generate new knowledge, perform innovative investigations, and mentor students pursuing degrees in Meharry’s School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Graduate Studies and Research. Our research facilities include our research cores which provide state of the art technology, advanced expertise, and teaching of technologies to our faculty, research staff, and trainees. It is with our exceptional research facilities and progressive mentoring that our students are able to contribute to the efforts placed into improving healthcare outcomes and addressing other critical healthcare challenges that our society is faced with.


At Meharry Medical College, our team of researchers is helping change the world of medicine and treatment through the implementation of Nashville public health research. Each day, we strive to increase positive health care outcomes in individuals and families of disadvantaged backgrounds.


Join our team of researchers and learn more about Meharry Medical College’s research efforts, capabilities, and support centers today.  


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Office for Research

Supporting our researchers with resources enabling them to devote time and talents to scientific investigation.

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Research & Support Centers

Learn more about Meharry’s established research and support centers.

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Sponsored Research

These organizations champion Meharry’s mission of serving the nation’s medically underserved populations.

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Research Publications

See the published research of Meharry’s distinguished faculty members.

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Research Capabilities

Take a look at the wide range of topics Meharry research encompasses.

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Research by Department

The researchers in Meharry’s School of Medicine spend their careers serving the medically underserved. They research the diseases that afflict minority communities, and they work to end health care disparities that disproportionally affect the nation’s poor and most vulnerable populations.

The research vision of the School of Dentistry is to ensure research training is fully integrated within the academic programs and encouraging our faculty and students to be fully engaged in research activities. The plans for developing a research infrastructure to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary research and research training are underway.


Part of the plan includes developing a Research Advisory Council (RAC) that advises the associate dean on research priorities, policies, procedures, and guides decision-making on additional resources needed. The RAC will create a strategic plan that establishes a clear, quantifiable research program with funding goals that address the needs of the School of Dentistry.