CONTACT: DAN McMILLAN
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 21, 1999
UI to establish new College of Public Health
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will establish
a College of Public Health, the first new college at the UI since 1949, following
approval Wednesday by the State Board of Regents.
Establishing the college would involve the transition
of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, based in
the UI College of Medicine, into the College of Public Health. Under the proposal,
James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., professor and head of the department, would
become dean of the new college. New faculty positions are planned to help
establish a Department of Community and Behavioral Health in the college and
to strengthen the existing divisions of biostatistics, epidemiology, occupational
and environmental health, and health management and policy.
The College of Public Health will offer a master of public
health (M.P.H.) degree as well as a non-degree certificate in public health.
The college will educate and train Iowa's current and future health care professionals,
serve as a statewide public health resource, promote public health prevention
and research, and provide outreach services to all Iowans.
"Establishment of this new College of Public Health will
strengthen a great many academic and research programs across campus at the
University of Iowa," said Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of
Medicine. "It will also be an opportunity for new collaborative efforts involving
the other regents' institutions and public health practitioners throughout
The College of Public Health is the centerpiece of the
university's Public Health Initiative (PHI), which also includes the Health
and Independence of Elderly Iowans Program, a proposal designed to research
health issues and develop programs addressing the state's growing elderly
The new college would join the UI Graduate College, Henry
B. Tippie College of Business and the UI Colleges of Dentistry, Education,
Engineering, Law, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing, the last college
established in 1949.