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Exploration

The decision to launch a new College of Health at Lehigh comes at a time of historic expansion within the healthcare industry. Job growth in healthcare is increasing at a rate that far outpaces most other sectors, and total domestic healthcare spending now stands at more than 17 percent of the total Gross Domestic Product. Global healthcare spending is expected to reach $8.7 trillion by 2020.

But along with this growth come new challenges to be overcome and opportunities to be seized. At Lehigh we have the utmost confidence that our College will play an important role in this rapidly growing and ever-more complex sector, 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.

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:

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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 health care both domestically and globally.

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Biological and Social Determinants of Health

Lehigh faculty working 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.

 

Our Building Blocks

During the 2016-2017 academic year, a select faculty committee worked to gather feedback from the campus community and other key stakeholders to develop potential focus areas for Lehigh’s new college of health. These areas of focus could ultimately include, but may not be limited to, the following:

Health

Lehigh has for years achieved positive educational outcomes through such innovative programs as Health, Medicine and Society (HMS), while our dedicated researchers have pursued important work aimed at addressing key public health issues, both locally and globally.

Entrepreneurship

Lehigh strives to promote and grow the spirit of entrepreneurship among both its students and faculty, with the ultimate aim of encouraging members of the campus community to develop innovative solutions to our greatest challenges.

Leadership

Lehigh is continually redefining what it means to lead, and is firmly committed to its mission of developing forward-looking entrepreneurs, scholars and leaders.

Innovative Thinking in Health Care

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