In the Fall of 2016, Lehigh announced an ambitious plan to launch a new College of Health as part of the university’s Path to Prominence initiative. The decision to launch this College comes at a time of historic expansion within the healthcare industry and robust exploration of the many factors that contribute to human health.
- Patrick V. Farrell, Provost
Lehigh Names Whitney Witt Inaugural Dean of the College of Health
Witt brings to Lehigh 25 years of experience in academia and industry, and will oversee all efforts to build and launch the innovative new College of Health.
Health Science Technology building opens
A Focus on Health
During the 2016-2017 academic year, a select faculty committee worked to gather feedback from the campus community, industry partners and other key stakeholders to develop potential focus areas for Lehigh’s new college of health. After extensive research, the following areas were identified:
Innovation in Value-Based Healthcare
Lehigh faculty will examine the quality and overall effectiveness of the care provided to individuals, with the ultimate aim of maximizing the full value of that care and creating better outcomes for patients. Their work will be used by policymakers, industry leaders and providers to improve the impact, accuracy and specificity of healthcare both domestically and globally.
Biological and Social Determinants of Health
Lehigh faculty working in this area will strive to better understand the major drivers of health at the micro and macro scale, seeking the root causes of health disparities and varied outcomes among different populations. Areas to be explored by faculty in this space include genetics, environmental factors, family and community health and health economics, among many others.
Innovative Thinking in Health Care
Read more about how Lehigh faculty working across numerous disciplines are working to solve major issues in healthcare, both at home and around the world.
In Pursuit of the Deadly Tumor Cell
Yaling Liu is perfecting a microfluidic device that could lead to earlier detection of primary tumors and metastasis, and determine treatment effectiveness.
Addressing Community Health Issues
Lehigh’s Community Health Research Group is forging relationships with community members to understand and address health needs and health disparities in the region.