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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.

Serving Populations and Communities

The mission of the College of Health is to understand, preserve, and improve the health and well-being of populations and communities through excellence and innovation in education, research, and service.

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A Focus on Population Health

There is growing recognition of the need to focus more broadly on the idea of “health,” not solely health care. This is why Lehigh is intentionally launching its college with a focus on population health, which is dedicated to advancing our understanding of multiple determinants of health, and how they interact to produce health outcomes. Health care systems and organizations can then use this information to improve health outcomes.

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A Focus on Health Data Analytics

Though vast amounts and myriad variety of data are being collected in our ever-more tech-driven world, there remains a shortage of researchers who understand how to use it—or even recognize what data sets are pertinent to health. Our College will play an important role in analyzing datasets of all kinds, and driving proactive intervention to improve health for millions.

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

Read more about how Lehigh faculty working across numerous disciplines are working to solve major issues in health care, both at home and around the world

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How can we provide clean water for everyone on Earth?

Of all the needs we humans share, none is as unifying as our need for safe drinking water.

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A New Mathematical Model Streamlines Hospital OR Scheduling

Lehigh ISE researchers say the proactive algorithm could cut costs by almost 10 percent.

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Can a university help address the opioid epidemic?

The opioid epidemic is complex and multifaceted, so the solutions are unlikely to be simple. Universities have the great advantage of the presence of faculty with diverse skill sets working in close proximity. If a university can create an environment that promotes interaction, cross-pollination of ideas, and interdisciplinary collaboration, it can become an ideal breeding ground for creative solutions to important societal issues.