The University of Iowa's Board of Regents approved the creation of the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) on Oct. 23.
Based at the UI College of Public Health, the institute will focus on the research of public health management and population health.
"This new institute will promote cutting-edge public health research to address grand challenges in population health," Sue Curry, dean of the UI College of Public Health, said. “Today’s public health researchers are exploring the origins and transmission of epidemic diseases, designing clinical trials, speeding translation of biomedical advances into front-line clinical practice, and evaluating community-based efforts to improve public health in areas such as childhood obesity, women’s health, and agricultural safety."
Community outreach will play an important role in the research initiatives the institute will be undertaking, and the institute will act as a streamlined source of information statewide in matters of public health.
The opening of the institute is in line with the university's strategic plan to increase notoriety of its research initiatives and projects.