CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: June 6, 2002
UI departments celebrate 25 years of public health education, research
The University of Iowa Departments of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Occupational
and Environmental Health will celebrate their 25th anniversary as academic
units June 7-8. Alumni and friends of the departments are invited to take
part in special events marking the quarter-century milestone.
The three units were originally divisions based in the former UI department
of preventive medicine and environmental health. When the UI College of Public
Health was established in July 1999, the divisions were transferred into the
new college and organized as full departments.
The anniversary celebrations will begin on June 7 with a reception and dinner
party at the University Athletic Club. Harrison Spencer, M.D., president and
chief executive officer of the Association of Schools of Public Health, will
be the keynote speaker. Spencer will address many important developments in
public health and comment on the role schools of public health play in supporting
the nation's public health system.
Events continue on the morning of June 8 with tours of the departments.
Alumni will be guests at a reception and luncheon hosted by UI College of
Public Health Dean James Merchant. Following lunch, Merchant will brief alumni
on recent collegiate developments in a special "State of the College"
"We're looking forward to sharing our accomplishments with alumni and
friends," said Merchant. "Each of these departments has produced
an outstanding body of research, education and service over the past 25 years.
The college will continue to build on these strengths as it plans for the
For more information on the anniversary activities, contact Jasmine Grassi,
alumni relations coordinator, at (319) 335-9829.