Lehigh’s planned new College of Health will play an important role in fostering innovation and creative thinking in the complex, fast-changing health care industry. Building on longstanding strengths in fields including data analytics, economics, biology and health ethics, researchers in the College will focus their work on two areas of impact:
Innovation in Value-Based Health Care: 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 health care 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.
The College is scheduled to open its doors in time for the 2020-2021 academic year, and will leverage academic and industry partnerships to support researchers pursuing relevant, groundbreaking work aimed at solving real problems and answering important questions in health care.
“We have the utmost confidence that our College of Health will become a nexus for critically important research and industry, and that Lehigh faculty and graduates working in health and health-related fields will help shape and reshape the industry well into the 21st Century.”
–Patrick V. Farrell, Provost