Planning committee unveils six proposed themes under consideration for the proposed College of Integrated Health.
The committee charged with generating ideas for Lehigh’s proposed College for Integrated Health gave the campus community an update on its progress and sought input on six themes under consideration.
Committee co-chairs Ray Pearson, director of the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering at Lehigh, and Debbie Laible, professor of psychology, outlined the proposed themes: Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Environmental Health, Resilient Communities, Mind-body Connections, Science of Healthcare Delivery, and Healthy at Home. The two open forums, held in April at Linderman Library and the University Center, were well-attended by faculty and staff.
“This is a work in progress,” said Pearson, while encouraging written and verbal feedback on the proposals.
The committee began its work in Fall, after President John Simon presented a bold academic vision for Lehigh to the Board of Trustees. The plan, which the board unanimously endorsed, outlined a series of sweeping steps—including the formation of the new health college and other initiatives—to enable Lehigh to build on its legacy and stand among the best in higher education.
The new college would be Lehigh’s fifth.
Several criteria are being used to evaluate a proposed theme: innovation, whether it would enhance Lehigh’s visibility and reputation, the funding potential, the demand for degree programs, leverage of Lehigh’s existing strengths and the need for new strategic partnerships. Some of the proposals could be interdisciplinary and connect well to other areas of the new college, the co-chairs said.
Among the proposed themes:
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