The China Seven Cities Study is a longitudinal investigation of substance use and lifestyles in seven of China’s most populated urban areas: Harbin and Shenyang in the northeast, Wuhan in central China, Chengdu and Kunming in the southwest, and Hangzhou and Qingdao in the coast regions. The seven cities represent a broad spectrum of economic developmental stages, thus providing a unique opportunity to study regional variations of the impact of westernization and modernization on substance use and control.
CSCS research identifies and assesses specific influences on tobacco use, alcohol use, and other related health behaviors among youth, college students, and adults arising from unprecedented economic growth and subsequent social and cultural changes occurring in China as it moves towards a market economy. A secondary purpose of the CSCS is to provide training in research methodology, application, and infrastructure development to Chinese public health professionals interested in tobacco and alcohol control research.
China Center for Disease Control and Prevention & Peking University School of Public Health
Harbin Center for Disease Control
Shenyang Center for Disease Control
Qingdao Center for Disease Control
Hangzhou Center for Disease Control
Wuhan Center for Disease Control & Wuhan Health Bureau
Chengdu Center for Disease Control
Kunming Health Education Institute
Training occurs in epidemiology, statistics, community trials, biobehavioral science, genetics, survey development, data collection and analysis, program management, and research administration. The goal of the CSCS is to increase the capacity of our Chinese colleagues to conduct research and develop and evaluate prevention programs independently.
In the summer of 2004, the CSCS investigators and the China CDC entered into an agreement to train national, provincial, and municipal leaders in public health for China. This educational collaboration included one-month workshops taught jointly by American faculty and China Health Ministry experts.
In partnership with the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University, the CSCS currently offers multidisciplinary training for master and doctoral students as well as postdoctoral fellows. Students at all levels of training and from all nations are afforded numerous opportunities for involvement in ongoing research.