Univ of Iowa College of Public Health  

Iowa City,  IA 
United States
  • Booth: 1834

Welcome to the University of Iowa College of Public Health!

The University of Iowa College of Public Health (CPH) is part of a major research university and serves as a comprehensive public health resource for the state of Iowa, the Midwest region, and the nation. The college offers training leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as combined degree options. A wide array of programs allows students to pursue a degree that suits their strengths and interests.

The College of Public Health is a national leader in its multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to addressing public health challenges and training the next generation of public health leaders, educators, and researchers.

• Iowa is ranked among the nation’s top 20 public health schools and programs by U.S. News and World Report. The college’s Master of Health Administration program is ranked No. 8 among health care management programs nationwide.

• The college is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is Iowa’s only accredited school of public health.

• CPH faculty are recognized by their peers as leading scholars and experts in their disciplines. Faculty are members and fellows in many organizations, including the National Academy of Medicine, American College of Healthcare Executives, and American Statistical Association.

• The CPH offers a world-class education with a personal touch, including small class sizes, hands-on learning experiences, active student organizations, and a commitment to inter- professional education.

• The CPH offers academic excellence at an affordable price. A variety of financial assistance, in the form of fellowships, scholarships, traineeships, and teaching and research assistantships, is available.

• The University of Iowa is named a “Best Buy” in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges—one of only 10 public universities on the list.

Interested in attending the University of Iowa College of Public Health? A representative from our student services department will be available online to answer your questions during the dates and times indicated below.

Monday, October 25, 3:00pm to 4pm (central) 

Zoom link: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/99368644146?pwd=c1lXU1ZoR095bnBJcUxVbkd1NWF4Zz09

Tuesday, October 26, 10:00am to 11:00am (central) 

Zoom link: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/95467075662?pwd=NVlHYmJQZ05lSnIvNC9YS242QnZzUT09


Open-rank tenure-track position in Health Management and Policy. For a full position description and information on how to apply, visit https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/74294


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 Press Releases

  • While nearly half of all Iowans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, demand for the vaccine has slowed, particularly in less densely populated regions of the state. That’s a trend researchers in the University of Iowa College of Public Health are aiming to reverse through a new federal grant to promote vaccine uptake in small and mid-sized communities across Iowa.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant will support the University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health (PRC-RH), Iowa Public Health Association, and the statewide Iowa Immunizes Coalition as they team up with Iowa’s 17 micropolitan communities — localities with populations between 10,000 and 49,999 people — as well as public health leaders, community based organizations, health providers, and other community leaders to promote COVID-19 vaccine uptake among residents in these communities.

    The year-long project will involve three phases: first, collecting data to understand who is not getting vaccinated and why; second, pilot testing interventions and strategies that have been shown to be effective; and third, disseminating successful interventions and strategies across the state.

    “The PRC-RH and its partners will take best practices grounded in science, and through community input, will adapt these strategies to the needs and context of Iowa communities,” says project lead Natoshia Askelson, assistant professor of community and behavioral health and research fellow at the UI Public Policy Center. “We hope that through these partnerships, more Iowans will be able to find the resources necessary to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine and to increase community member confidence in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.”

  • University of Iowa researchers have been awarded a $3 million grant over five years by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to establish and support a new center, the National American Indian and Alaska Native Trauma and Service Adaptation Center (TSA). The goals of the TSA are to increase the national infrastructure and workforce capacity to prevent, reduce, and treat trauma as well as to increase wellness and resilience among American Indian and Alaska Native children, adolescents, and their families. 

    The TSA will be housed within the Native Center for Behavioral Health, which is a research center in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health committed to developing programs to support the behavioral health workforce in Native American and Alaska Native communities across the country.

    Many American Indian and Alaska Native (AI & AN) children experience traumas resulting from abuse, neglect, and household stressors, and are additionally affected by racism, poverty, and the legacy of historical oppression and trauma. The workforce in the K–12 school system and the child- and youth-serving systems such as child welfare and juvenile justice is often unprepared to effectively address trauma in Native populations disproportionately represented in these systems.

    The TSA will partner with management consulting and IT services firm JBS International and other experts to provide education, training and technical assistance, webinars, podcasts, peer-to-peer learning communities, youth leadership academies, and more to 2500 individuals annually.

    “Importantly, our efforts will not endorse the inevitability of adverse outcomes,” says Anne Helene Skinstad, director of the Native Center for Behavioral Health and the program director for the new center. “The center will prioritize identification and dissemination of programs and approaches that seize the opportunities presented in early childhood and adolescence as an optimal time for prevention and intervention to mitigate trauma and promote resilience.”

    Co-director of the new center will be Teresa Brewington, MBA, MEd, member of the Coharie Tribe and descendent from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. 

    The TSA also will fill trauma-related workforce gaps identified through a survey of the Native and non-Native workforce serving AI & AN children, adolescents, and families. These areas include trauma-informed education to help students and staff understand why these families tend to struggle and give up more often than other groups; concrete, practical, and actionable strategies to help children survive and thrive; and how to integrate services into Native cultures.

    More information about the Native Center for Behavioral Health and its work is available at https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/ncbh/.

  • The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, based at the University of Iowa, has received renewed funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to continue researching the evolving connections between work and health. The federal grant is expected to total more than $6 million over five years.

    Directed by Diane Rohlman, professor of occupational and environmental health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, the center focuses not only on changes at the individual worker level, but also policies and programs to change work climate and culture. The Healthier Workforce Center addresses emerging issues and high-risk, high-need populations in employers of all sizes in the predominately rural Federal Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri). It is one of 10 NIOSH-funded Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health. The Total Worker Health® approach collectively addresses workplace hazards to create a safer and healthier workplace and reduces the impact of injury and illness on businesses and communities. 

    “We are particularly excited that the Healthier Workforce Center has expanded its regional presence by partnering with researchers and practitioners to address the needs of employers and workers in our region,” says Rohlman.

    The center is a regional collaboration among the University of Iowa, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Kansas Medical Center, WorkWell Kansas, and two NIOSH Total Worker Health Affiliates: the Nebraska Safety Council and the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition.

    The center has several research projects. One project, led by Beth Livingston, assistant professor in the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, will develop and implement a training for supervisors to promote well-being among remote workers. Two projects are based at Washington University in St. Louis to address opioid use (Professor Ann Marie Dale) and mental health and suicide prevention (Professor Brad Evanoff) in the construction industry. The final project, led by Jessica Williams, associate professor at Penn State University, will examine organizational factors that impact the adoption of health and safety practices in rural nursing homes in the region. Additionally, Nate Fethke, associate professor at the University of Iowa, leads a pilot project program to address emerging workplace issues.

    Best practices in Total Worker Health, including findings from the center’s research, are disseminated by the Center Outreach Core directed by Shelly Campo, University of Iowa associate professor and associate dean. Through strategic collaborations with partners in the region, the center will continue to develop free resources to aid employers in improving worker well-being.


  • Undergraduate Programs
    The College of Public Health offers the undergraduate BA and BS in public health. If you are interested in the health sciences, are socially-minded, and want to help people on a large scale, public health might be for you....

  • Both of our degree options provide you with a basic understanding of the five core public health knowledge areas: biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, and occupational and environmental health sciences. No matter which program you choose, you will be prepared to enter the workforce or continue your education into areas such as public health, medical school, or other professional health sciences schools and beyond.

    The BA program is for those of you who have an interest in political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and other social sciences, and public health. BA students will complete course work in the social sciences and humanities in addition to the public health core courses.

    The BS program is for students interested in biomedical sciences such as chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, and public health. BS students will complete additional required course work in the natural sciences, mathematics, or computer sciences with their public health course work.

    The Public Health Interest Designation is for students who are not sure if they want to declare public health as a major. Students who are interested in public health may be eligible to apply to the College of Public Health’s undergraduate degree programs if they meet the standard admission requirements.

    Certificate in Public Health

    The Certificate in Public Health is intended for non-public health majors and anyone interested in obtaining knowledge about public health concepts to enhance their ability to succeed in their chosen field. Students completing the Certificate in Public Health will have an understanding of emerging issues in public health, the social and behavioral aspects of preventing disease, environmental health concepts, and the changing health care system in the U.S.

    Undergrad to Grad Degree Programs

    If you know you want to continue your public health studies by getting a graduate degree in public health, our Undergrad to Grad degree program may be right for you! This allows you to earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.

    Pursuing a combined degree allows you to further explore your interest in the field of public health, expedite time to degree–five years versus the typical six years–and save money by cutting one year of tuition!

    Undergraduate to graduate degree options are open to all undergraduate majors at the university. Visit here for more information about our undergrad-to-grad degree options.

    To apply to one of our undergraduate programs visit: https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/how-to-apply-undergraduate/

    For questions or more information, email Lexie Just at lexie-just@uiowa.edu or call 319-384-1539

  • Graduate Programs
    Graduate programs in pubic health at the University of Iowa prepare students to reach their full potential, whether in the academic world or public health practice settings....

  • Medical care is about patients. Public health is about populations.

    In public health, we focus not on the injury or the symptom of the disease, but what caused that injury or disease in the first place. We use research to find the root causes of illness, injury, and health disparities. We then use education and public policy to create a healthier world for all people, so that everyone can reach their full potential.

    This healthy world is built upon a foundation of the five pillars of public health, which cover all aspects of health in modern life, and serve as our organizational structure: Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health, Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, and Occupational and Environmental Health.

    Our research is on the cutting edge

    Prospective graduate students often ask us, “What sets you apart?” Well, there are a lot of things.

    But if we had to hang our hat on ONE thing, it would be research. When you get a graduate degree from the College of Public Health, you’re not merely getting an education. You are taking part in the creation of new public health knowledge, and learning how to do so from the most productive researchers in the field. Our faculty bring in millions of dollars in research funding every year. All that research needs research assistants and investigators to help solve the problems of public health both inside and outside the classroom.

    Learn more about our research

    For more innformation about our graduate programs, contact Lexie Just at lexie-just@uiowa.edu or call 319-384-1539.

  • Department of Biostatistics
    The Department of Biostatistics offers students an exciting way to combine mathematical, statistical, and biological interests to contribute to important research that improves lives....

  • Iowa’s biostatistics programs provide a balance of statistical theory and application. The MS prepares students in the design of experiments and analysis of data in biomedical and public health programs. The MPH provides fundamental training in public health sciences along with core biostatistical theory and methods. The PhD emphasizes developing and applying statistical methodology to solve important biological and public health problems.

    The Department of Biostatistics faculty are committed to providing quality education in a supportive environment with a small student-to-faculty ratio. Students are guided by faculty members whose research interests include computer intensive statistics, Bayesian statistics, design and analysis of clinical trials, longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, spatial modeling, analysis of data subject to missingness, time series, model selection, quality control, and public health statistics.

    Find out more about the Department of Biostatistics

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  • Department of Community and Behavioral Health
    The Department of Community and Behavioral Health prepares graduates to improve the health of communities through health promotion and disease prevention....

  • Students actively engage with communities to develop approaches and solutions to everyday health issues.

    Our MPH and undergrad-to-grad students learn the skills to develop, implement, and evaluate culturally appropriate and theoretically-based health behavior interventions at the individual, community and policy levels. Our PhD students learn the skills to conduct culturally appropriate, theoretically-based research in health promotion and disease prevention including community-engaged research.

    The faculty in our department have expertise in a wide range of community and behavioral health areas including health inequities, nutrition and physical activity, health communication, substance use and addictions, mental health, maternal and child health, and aging.

    Learn more about the Department of Community Behavior and Health

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  • Department of Epidemiology
    Epidemiology is the study of how diseases, injuries, and other health-related events spread and distribute themselves through populations and communities. We identify the causes of the spread, and how to stop it....

  • The Epidemiology Department was organized to be one major focus of the College of Public Health to promote research and training in epidemiology, disease control and health care organization.

    The major research thrust is to conduct high quality epidemiologic investigations that are at the forefront of scientific knowledge. The research is both theoretical and applied.

    Training activities have several directions, which include developing qualified, independent research scientists in epidemiology at both the pre- and post-doctoral levels. There is also a focus of training health professionals and others to obtain basic epidemiologic, preventive and health care organizational skills for application in both clinical and community-based settings.

    More information about the Department of Epidemiology

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  • Department of Health Management and Policy
    Health Management and Policy’s mission is to improve health and health services by preparing future leaders for, and advancing knowledge in, health management, policy, and research....

  • Health care management is an extremely dynamic and rewarding profession. Individuals who work in this field are challenged to provide the highest quality, most effective health care services to the greatest number of people at the lowest cost. More specifically, Health Management and Policy is concerned with the management of health care organizations, formulation and implementation of health care policy, improving access to health care services, financing health care services, and evaluating the quality and outcomes of health care services.

    A health Management and Policy student can pursue a Masters degree in Health Administration (MHA), an Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA), a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in policy, a Master of Science degree in health policy, or a Ph.D. in Health Services Research and Policy.

    More information about the Department of Health Management and Policy, home of the nartion's #8 ranked MHA program. 

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  • Department of Occupational & Environmental Health
    In the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, we strive to prevent injury and illness resulting from occupational and environmental hazards....

  • The United States and the world face innumerable challenges in the areas of environmental health. These include ensuring clean air and water, healthy food that is free of toxicants, building sustainable communities, and mitigation of greenhouse gases while adapting to climate change.

    Equally important is ensuring the health and safety of the general public and our workers through injury prevention, health promotion, and striving for total worker health, as well as partnering with communities to create built environments that reduce injury and violence risks. In OEH, we use an interdisciplinary approach to educate the next generation of public health leaders and conduct research that enables effective outreach and interventions for the world.

    Our MPH students develop skills to identify, prevent, and control environmental factors that can harm human health and increase injury risk. Our MS students develop skills to anticipate, diagnose, assess, and prevent disease and injury in industrial, environmental, and occupational sectors. Our PhD students develop skills to become leaders in environmental and occupational health research and practice.

    Learn more about the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

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  • From the Front Row: a student podcast
    "From the Front Row" is an award-winning student-run podcast from the University of Iowa College of Public Health, featuring interviews with leading public health experts from around the world. New episodes every Friday....

  • Listen on Spotify, Apple, or Soundcloud.
  • Explore Iowa City
    A top-notch, world-class facility.
    One of the nation’s best college towns.
    A top-ranked, affordable school of public health. EXPLORE IOWA CITY

  • Iowa City is considered one of the best places to live in the country. After just one visit, you'll see why.

    Our campus seamlessly blends into downtown Iowa City, which makes it easy to get wherever you need to go. In fact, most first-year classes are located within the same three-block radius. And the center of it all is just across the street from a lively downtown with all the restaurants, entertainment, and amenities you'd find in a big city.

    Iowa City is both a destination for artists from around the world and the home of Hawkeye sports. Whatever you're interested in, there's a place for you in Iowa City. And all of this activity lives in one accessible, welcoming place. All that's missing is you.

    Learn more about living in Iowa City

    Watch a video about what makes Iowa City such an amazing place

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    The College of Public Health interprets diversity as embracing and respecting all races, nationalities, colors, creeds, religions, age, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference....

  • The college believes that diversity in the classroom is a vital component of educating future public health professionals and scientists. A well-rounded, culturally competent public health workforce is required to meet the health needs of the nation’s growing ethnic and racial populations and to address the pressing health disparities faced by many groups. The college is committed to facilitating an atmosphere rich in cultural perspectives and actively supports and promotes diversity in the college and public health workforce.

    Read more about DEI initiatives at the UI College of Public Health.

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