Lehigh has for decades been a leader in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary education and research, offering students the opportunity to learn through innovative programs such as Health, Medicine and Society (HMS), Integrated Business & Engineering (IBE) and the Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences (IDEAS).

Now, building on these successes, the university will harness its existing strengths in leadership, health and entrepreneurship to launch a new college of health. This new college, Lehigh’s fifth, will attract talented faculty doing groundbreaking work in the massively important health care sector, while investments in other strategic research initiatives will expand the university’s ability to enact positive change through intellectual leadership and impactful research.

Our Building Blocks


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.


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.


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


A Focus on Health

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:

Biomedicine and Biotechnology

Which would build on Lehigh’s strengths in such areas as data science, biochemistry and neuroscience while allowing for new opportunities in biomarkers, nanotechnology and other areas.

Environmental Health

Which would center on preventing or controlling disease, injury and disability related to interactions between people and their environment.

Resilient Communities

Which would explore why some individuals and communities are able to recover from chronic or acute adversity.

Mind-body Connections

Which would focus on the connections between mind and body in promoting health.

Science of Healthcare Delivery

Which would focus on scientific methodologies that improve quality, efficiency, effectiveness and outcomes.

Healthy at Home

Which would focus on maximizing and maintaining the wellness of individuals and families outside of the healthcare setting.


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

Reducing Drug Use and Disease on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Julia Lechuga is working with community groups at the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez border to reduce risky behaviors among drug users and curtail the spread of infectious diseases.

Lehigh Researcher Develops Revolutionary Orthopedic Device

Hannah Dailey's novel orthopedic device may revolutionize bone fracture recovery, improving patient outcomes and reducing costs.

Examining Depression in African Americans

Sirry Alang explores how African Americans perceive depression.