CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
CONTACT: DAN McMILLAN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 19, 1999
Community meeting on UI's Public Health Initiative
is April 27 in Mason City
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Residents of Mason City and the surrounding
area who are interested in public health and public health distance learning
opportunities are invited to meet with a representative from the University
of Iowa Tuesday, April 27 to discuss the universitys Public Health Initiative
(PHI). This meeting was rescheduled from March 8 due to bad weather.
The meeting, scheduled to take place at Mason City Public
Library from 10 to 11:30 a.m., is open to the public. The public library is
located at 225 Second St. SE in Mason City. The local host for the meeting
will be Ron Osterholm, director of the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public
Health. The UI representative will be Christopher Atchison, director of the
UI's Center for Public Health Practice. Atchison is former director of the
Iowa Department of Public Health.
Under the PHI, a new College of Public Health would be
formed at the UI and new public health educational opportunities would be
made available in local communities throughout Iowa via distance learning.
For the first time in Iowa, students will be able to pursue a master of public
health degree as well as a non-degree certificate in public health.
In 1998 the Iowa Board of Regents approved the PHI, and
Gov. Tom Vilsack included funding for it in his proposed budget, which is
currently before the Iowa General Assembly.