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Release:  Oct. 19, 1999

Dedication ceremony set for UI College of Public Health

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A dedication ceremony celebrating the University of Iowa College of Public Health has been set for Thursday, Oct. 21. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, which will mark the first new college at the UI in 50 years. Board of Regents, State of Iowa President Owen Newlin, UI President Mary Sue Coleman and College of Public Health Dean James Merchant also will make brief remarks.

The evening also will feature a tribute to UI Vice President for Statewide Health Services John W. Colloton, delivered by former UI President Willard "Sandy" Boyd. UI officials will announce the establishment of the John W. Colloton Chair in Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health.

The college, which was officially established July 1, began its master of public health (M.P.H.) degree program at the start of this fall semester with 17 students enrolled. The students learn the core disciplines of public health through its five departments -- biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health management and policy, and occupational and environmental health. The students also will be required to complete a practicum in a professional public health setting where these disciplines are applied. The M.P.H. degree is the primary professional degree in public health; the UI is the only institution in the state to offer such a program.

Beginning in the fall 2000 semester, a non-degree certificate in public health will be available via distance learning.

In addition to the 17 M.P.H. students, approximately 140 students are enrolled in the college’s master of science, master of health administration and doctoral degree programs. These programs were previously administered through the UI College of Medicine department of preventive medicine and environmental health. The department was expanded to form the College of Public Health.

The Colloton Chair is the result of a successful fundraising campaign conducted by the UI Foundation and a volunteer committee co-chaired by Boyd. The campaign generated more than $1.5 million in endowment gifts and pledges from friends and colleagues of Colloton.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Reporters and photographers are invited to cover this event. For details on the specific times of speakers’ presentations, contact Dan McMillan at (319) 335-6835