The mission of CCDH is to understand, analyze and address the growing burden of mortality, morbidity, and disability from commercial determinants of health globally.

The center strives to bring a trans-disciplinary perspective, scientific rigor, and evidence informed approaches to studying the transforming role of industry in public health nationally and globally, including ethical, legal and social implications; heath and development; and implications for health systems strengthening, regulatory and policy guidance.

The center will be driven with a sense of social justice and have a special focus on vulnerable populations around the world including children, adolescents, youth, women, urban slums, and the poor.

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The main objectives of the CCDH include:

  • To develop theories, concepts, frameworks and methods for the study of CDoH around the world
  • To conduct multi-disciplinary, rigorous scientific research on commercial determinants of health
  • To support evidence-based advocacy to address commercial determinants of health
  • To influence the inclusion of sound policies and regulations on CDoH globally
  • To train and build capacity on research and action on commercial determinants of health globally
  • To mobilize resources for a sustainable research enterprise with meaningful impact



The CCDH employs the following strategies to accomplish its mission and objectives:

  • Analysis including conceptual analysis, rigorous research (epidemiological studies, intervention trials, assessment of health impact of CDoH) and monitoring and evaluation of interventions, policies and regulations that affect CDoH
  • Understanding ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of commercial determinants of health
  • Dissemination and communication to public, private sector and civil society
  • Convening of thought leaders, experts, and stakeholder groups to facilitate discussion and production of ideas locally, nationally and globally around CDoH
  • Collaboration and partnership with public sector, non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies and donor organizations and engagement with private sector
  • Training and capacity building activities including long- and short-term, online and executive courses
  • Providing technical assistance to public and private sector and non-governmental organizations
  • Using modern digital, mobile and electronic technologies and advanced intelligence systems to counter gaps in commercial determinants of health