WRITER: MEGHAN NEARY
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax(319) 335-8034
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
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
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.