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Global Obesity Prevention Center

Our Organization

The Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) is comprised of several large-scale projects and key units. 

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Led by the GOPC's Executive Director, the Administrative Core is the hub of the GOPC. It upholds the Center’s mission and vision by working with unit and project leaders, representatives from the National Institutes of Health and collaborators to coordinate and maximize the effectiveness of the GOPC's administrative, financial and communications processes.



This unit includes experts and specialists who develop an array of computational approaches, methods, models and tools for use as we seek preventions and solutions for obesity. Our team works closely together with project scientists and researchers around the globe to develop simulation models and other innovative tools designed to evaluate the multiple factors at play within the system creating the problem of obesity. In addition to working with our own faculty and staff, our program assists outside stakeholders to help them better understand obesity as a complex, multi-scale issue, and to help them use scientific models and tools to influence decision-making and policies. 


The Education and Training Program seeks to increase the number of public health researchers applying systems science theories and methods to the obesity epidemic. We provide trainees from around the United States and the world with a range of opportunities designed to motivate them as systems thinkers and researchers. We seek to provide the next generation of scientists with cutting-edge methods to apply in solving the obesity epidemic and other complex problems.


Our projects are designed to study the complex causes and create solutions for fighting obesity in the United States and around the world.  For details about their innovative approaches, see Our Projects Page.