The UCSF/SFGH Internet World Health Research Center was created
by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco to
contribute one more powerful tool to the endeavors of our health
We engage in several types of research based on or supported by
the Internet and/or mobile devices:
- Evidence-based Interventions delivered on the Internet
or via a mobile device. Such interventions, based on
psychological principles, can be delivered via the Web and
subjected to rigorous scientific research to determine their
effectiveness. One of our projects had demonstrated the efficacy
of a Spanish/English smoking cessation website.
- Internet recruitment of participants for research
studies. Internet can very effective in reaching
individuals interested in participating in health research.
Recruiting participants on the internet can reach participants
anywhere in the world, in a variety of languages. One such study
recruited participants from over 200 countries and territories,
in four languages.
- Data collection for traditional studies.
Collecting data via the Internet and/or a mobile device can be
an efficient and cost-effective method to carry out traditional
studies. In such studies, participants are recruited and
interviewed in the usual face-to-face manner, but their data is
entered either by our staff, or, if possible, by the