CONTACT: DAN MCMILLAN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6835; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: February 26, 1999
Community meeting on UI's Public Health Initiative set for March
4 in Shenandoah
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Residents of Shenandoah 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 Thursday, March 4 to discuss the university's Public Health Initiative
The meeting, scheduled to take place at the Shenandoah Public Library
from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is open to the public. The public library is
located at 201 S. Elm, Shenandoah. The local host for the meeting will
be Dan Offenburger of the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association.
The UI representative will be Douglas Wakefield, Ph.D., professor and
director of the health management and policy division in the UI department
of preventive medicine and environmental health.
Under the PHI, a new School of Public Health would be developed 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.