About the Center
The Methodology Center is an interdisciplinary research center within the College of Health and Human Development at the University Park campus of Penn State. We develop and disseminate new methods for social, behavioral, and health sciences research focusing on vital public health issues, including substance abuse and HIV.
Scientists and trainees in The Methodology Center are affiliated with Penn State and the University of Michigan. Our faculty, research associates, post-docs, and students represent several academic disciplines, including human development, psychology, statistics, communication, epidemiology, engineering, and public health. See our People pages to learn more about us.
The mission of The Methodology Center is to advance public health by improving experimental design and data analysis in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.
What is methodology?
Methodology is the study of tools and techniques for research design, measurement, and data analysis.
Is The Methodology Center part of an academic department at Penn State?
We are a free-standing, interdisciplinary research center within the College of Health and Human Development. We are not part of any single academic department.