Center for Health, Equity, & Aging (CHEA)


The newly renamed and revitalized Center for Health, Equity, & Aging (CHEA) is the hub for research on the social dimensions of health, equity, and aging in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health (SAPH). 

The mission of CHEA is to promote productivity and pedagogy in social science research for the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health. Since 1997, the Center has housed more than 20 multi-year studies, totaling over $20 million in external funding. Working in conjunction with the UMBC/UMB Doctoral Program in Gerontology, the UMBC Master’s Program in Applied Sociology, and our undergraduate programs in Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health, CHEA incorporates a mentorship model providing opportunities for students to work with faculty on research projects. 


CHEA attracts researchers and students who are committed to furthering a comprehensive approach to the study of health, equity, and aging through qualitative and quantitative approaches.


CHEA is located on the lower level of the Public Policy Building (PUP).

To contact CHEA, email: chea(at)umbc.edu