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Release: Oct. 27, 2000

New College of Public Health department head comes to Iowa from Down Under

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The new head of the UI department of community and behavioral health brings considerable experience in community health from his work Down Under.

John Lowe, Ph.D., was appointed professor and head of the department last June, replacing interim head Paul Pomrehn, M.D. Lowe recently returned to Iowa after completing professional commitments with the University of Queensland, the Australian and Queensland governments, and the Australian Cancer Society. He also completed several studies in which he was principal investigator.

As head of the department, Lowe said his goal is to create a sustainable, productive group that works cooperatively.

"The key element is to establish a department that is productive and complements the outstanding work done in other departments in the UI College of Public Health," Lowe said.

Work conducted in the UI department of community and behavioral health focuses on community and its social, behavioral and environmental contexts. Research aims to find ways to develop communities with healthier environments and empower individuals to take charge of those environments. In conjunction with these goals, the department also studies behavior, especially risk factors, to help people develop healthier lifestyles.

Lowe's research interests include cancer control and prevention, with an emphasis on tobacco issues, and injury prevention. His previous academic appointments include: director of the Center for Health Promotion and Cancer Research in Faculty Medicine at the University of Queensland in Australia (1990-2000) and associate professor of health behavior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Public Health (1984-1990).

Lowe earned his master's and doctoral degrees in public health at the University of Texas-Houston.

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