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Welcome to CHeSS

For more than 75 years, The University of Chicago has been a leader in fostering interdisciplinary research and training at the intersections of health and the social sciences. The Center for Health and the Social Sciences, founded in 2005, continues this legacy by supporting interdisciplinary health research and training initiatives across campus.

CHeSS is both a place and an idea. Our facilities comprise over 10,000 square feet of dedicated offices, conference rooms, and research facilities in the heart of the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus. Our goal is to support and promote innovation and excellence in research, scholarship, training, and collaboration. Our 105 faculty associates come from virtually all schools and divisions at the University, and collectively help to define CHeSS’s identity as an incubator of ideas and support for research in health and the social sciences on campus.


CHeSS Director David Meltzer Addresses University

In August 2014, CHeSS Director David Meltzer delivered the 520th University of Chicago Convocation address, entitled "Mean and Variance." Click the image above to watch the video.


Fallon Lecture: January 12, 2015

CHeSS is honored to be hosting    Dr. Daniel Carpenter, Director of the Center for American Political Studies and the Social Sciences Program at Harvard University, for the Fallon Lecture on January 12, 2015, 4-5:15 pm at Dora DeLee Hall, L-168 (5841 S. Maryland Avenue).


About the Fallon Lecture: The Regis J. Fallon Lecture Series on Health and Law will focus attention on the leading issues at the interface of health and the law, bringing together students and experts from campus and beyond to fuel productive discussion across these disciplines and helping the University to become an increasingly important contributor to innovative research and training at this important interface. Workshops will be held twice each academic year. For more information, contact faculty organizer Anup Malani at




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