The University of Iowa, College of Public Health, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
The founding of University of Iowa's College of Public Health (UICPH) blended new initiatives with long-established programs. The college's roots originate in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health and the Graduate Program in Hospital and Health Administration, both formerly based in the UI College of Medicine. On July 1, 1999, these units were transitioned into the new College of Public Health. Today the college is composed of five departments: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health management and policy, and occupational and environmental health. UICPH's education strives to teach values of cross-disciplinary collaboration and social justice, as well as advancement of the health workforce to bridge the gap in care in the vulnerable populations. The mission is to promote health and prevent injury and illness through commitment to education and training, excellence in research, innovation in policy development, and devotion to public health practice.
UICPH provides an educational and research focus to the many public health efforts taking place at the University. Its mission is to promote health and prevent injury and illness through commitment to education and training, excellence in research, innovation in policy development, and devotion to public health practice. Its vision is to serve Iowa and the Midwest as one of the nation's premier state-assisted schools of public health and lead the global community in rural public health education and training, research, and practice. The College of Public Health embraces the five core values identified by The University of Iowa: community, integrity, learning, quality, and responsibility. The college also adheres to a sixth core value, a guiding principle of public health: social justice.
Links to the health workforce crisis
The training of graduates for leadership roles in all types of health care settings also has been part of the UICPH's commitment to public health. More than 25 interdisciplinary centers based in the College of Public Health focus research efforts on critical public health topics and develop the outreach, service, and policy activities for which the college is widely known. The University of Iowa Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence (HWCE) was built upon extensive investigator experience in occupational health, ergonomics, injury prevention, preventive medicine, and health promotion. The HWCE was designed to improve our understanding of effective, integrated employee health programs and to translate this evidence base into practice for the benefit of employed populations. The College of Public Health employs innovative distance education technologies, such as web courses, Iowa Communications Network (ICN) classrooms and off-campus extensions.
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