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Release: June 28, 1999
UI College of Public Health aims to be statewide public
NOTE TO EDITORS: The UI College of Public Health Founding
Day Breakfast will be from 8 to 10 a.m. July 1 in the Seebohm Conference Room
(283 Eckstein Medical Research Building) on the University of Iowa health
sciences campus. Faculty researchers from areas identified below will be available
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- When the University of Iowa inaugurates
its first new college in 50 years with the establishment of the College of
Public Health on July 1, it won't just be creating another academic unit.
The new college will be a statewide resource for the study and practice of
Establishing the new college involves the transition
of the department of preventive medicine and environmental health, based in
the UI College of Medicine, into the College of Public Health. Collegiate
status will promote interdisciplinary activities that characterize public
health and strengthen the university's traditional emphasis on campus-wide
"With its interdisciplinary nature, this new college
is founded upon one of the historic strengths of the University of Iowa,"
observed UI Provost Jon Whitmore. "Its faculty are involved in many projects
that cut across traditional boundaries to form partnerships with colleagues
on this campus and other Regents' institutions."
The college faculty's research focuses include aging,
birth defects, cancer, environmental health, heart disease, health policy,
injury prevention and women's health. Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety
and Health, a partnership involving the UI, Iowa State University, the Iowa
Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Iowa Department of
Public Health, is headquartered in the college, as well.
There are high hopes and equally high expectations
as the new college prepares for its first academic year, according to James
Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health.
"This is an exciting time for the faculty of the College
of Public Health," noted Merchant. "We look forward to continuing our collaboration
with the College of Medicine, and we are optimistic about the many new opportunities
for interaction all across the campus and statewide."
Beginning this fall, the College of Public Health
will offer the master of public health (M.P.H.) degree, the primary professional
degree in public health. Beginning in the fall 2000 semester, a non-degree
certificate in public health will be available statewide via distance learning.
In addition to the new M.P.H. degree, the college
will continue to offer the master of science, master of health administration,
and doctoral degree programs previously administered by the department of
preventive medicine and environmental health. Approximately 175 graduate students
are enrolled in these existing programs.
The College of Public Health is the first new college
at the university since the College of Nursing was established in 1949. It
joins the UI Graduate College, Henry B. Tippie College of Business and the
UI colleges of dentistry, education, engineering, law, liberal arts, medicine,
nursing, and pharmacy.