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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 3, 2005

UI College Of Public Health Research Highly Ranked

The University of Iowa College of Public Health ranks fifth nationally among state-supported schools of public health and ninth among all schools of public health in National Institutes of Health-funded research, according to data recently released by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH).

The data, which reflect direct cost expenditures from NIH grants and contracts received, show that the College of Public Health utilized $17.4 million in fiscal year 2003 as part of research activities. The data are the most recent available.

"These rankings are one more indication of the outstanding quality of public health research being led by College of Public Health faculty," noted James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the college. "Because NIH awards are the best measure of merit-based research, these data best reflect how our faculty's research compares with that of peer institutions."

The NIH-sponsored research expenditures support a range of institutional priorities, including faculty salaries, graduate research assistantships, research equipment and general University overhead. In fiscal year 2003, faculty in the College of Public Health offset an average 50.6 percent of their annual salary through externally funded grants and contracts, of which NIH research funds are the largest component.

Considering all external awards -- NIH and other sources -- public health faculty were principal investigators on grants and contracts totaling $29.1 million in fiscal year 2003. They also collaborated as co-investigators on research in other colleges totaling an additional $25.3 million.

ASPH is the national organization representing the 36 accredited schools of public health in the United States and Puerto Rico. Thirty-three of the 36 accredited schools contributed data to the ASPH report.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health, Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835, daniel-mcmillan@uiowa.edu