CPH’s focus is to reduce the public’s suffering due to disease. Areas of research in which CPH has played a leading role have included: controlling the incidence of goiters in Taiwan through salt iodization, the control and prevention of Blackfoot disease, finding the causes of occupational diseases, carrying out large-scale studies of nasopharyngeal carcinoma, the prevention of hepatitis and liver cancer, the development of standards for arsenic levels in water, the detection and control of occupational toxins, promoting elderly care through the National Health Insurance system, prevention of the harmful effects of tobacco, and carrying out genetic and environmental studies. The combined results of these studies from NTU have not only improved the health and quality of life of the public, but have also made significant contributions to the field of public health.
Faculty at CPH have also conducted breakthrough research studies; in addition to being published in renowned journals, CPH also seeks to increase the volume of papers published, the number of citations for each paper, as well as increase the quality of published research. In terms of research projects, in addition to research in their own fields of specialty, faculty at CPH also actively participate in interdisciplinary research as well as international collaboration.
Besides, the College has seven research centers: Health Promotion Research Center, Center for Environmental and Occupational Health Research, Research Center for Genes, Environment and Human Health, Global Health Center, Center for Taiwan Cancer Registry, DOH-NTU Infectious Diseases Research and Education Center, and National Translational Medicine Resource Center. These centers were established in response to indigenous health needs in Taiwan, and are engaged in activities of research and services provision that focus on specific issues in Taiwan.