College of Public Health SearchOccupational and Environmental Health Department Head
The University of Iowa College of Public Health seeks a dedicated and experienced leader for the head of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. The Department Head serves as the departmental executive officer and reports directly to the Dean of the College.
The University of Iowa, College of Public Health seeks a dedicated and experienced leader for the Head of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH). The Head will be appointed at the level of Professor with Tenure and will report to the Dean. The major responsibilities of the DEO include the following:
Sets a compelling vision that inspires others to engage in transforming and executing the strategic direction for the department;
Recruits, develops, and retains productive and diverse faculty;
Provides inspirational and effective mentorship of faculty, fellows, students, and staff;
Builds upon departmental research programs and fosters collaboration within the college, the university, and the scientific community;
Leads innovation in curriculum and educational programs;
Fosters a supportive, collaborative, and inclusive environments for faculty, staff, and students;
Effectively manages the department budget with transparency and works within the confines of financial support to achieve budgeted goals and maintain a positive fiscal condition;
Champions opportunities for student funding, including assistantships and training programs;
Ensures compliance with collegiate, university, state, and federal policies related to grant funding, legislative, and academic policies;
Participates in national professional organizations and promotes the external visibility of the department and college;
Serves as a member of the collegiate leadership team that guides the strategic initiatives and resources to allow the college to meet its mission, vision, and goals;
Teaches courses and advises students within the department and collegiate undergraduate program;
Maintains an active scholarship portfolio, including external funding and publications.
Candidates must have a PhD, DrPH, MD (with an MPH preferred) or equivalent degree in a related field and qualifications commensurate with an appointment as a tenured, full professor in our College of Public Health. Current Associate Professors with the qualifications for appointment as a tenured, full professor will also be considered. Successful candidates must demonstrate academic experience in an occupational and/or environmental health discipline relevant to public health, with national recognition as a scholar. Candidates are expected to have a record of research productivity, including extramural funding, and high-quality teaching experience. Candidates must demonstrate leadership and administrative experience toward of vision of inclusiveness, collegiality, and scholarly relevancy in the field of occupational and environmental health; a record of successful collaborative efforts in teaching and/or research; success or knowledge of effective strategies for working with and mentoring diverse faculty, staff, and students; and a commitment to promoting a diverse academic environment. Desirable qualifications of the successful candidate include demonstrated experience building partnerships across academic disciplines and implementing successful long-term strategies for growth in a multi-disciplinary department of faculty.
The College of Public Health is nationally ranked among the top 10 in publicly supported schools of public health and has a diverse research portfolio. The college and its five departments offer a rich environment in interdisciplinary research and faculty engagement.
The department has 47 graduate students, $10.4 million in research funding, 14 primary faculty plus two faculty searches nearing completion, and 31 staff and several fellow and trainees. The department offers MS, MPH, and PhD degrees in Occupational and Environmental Health and MS degrees in Industrial Hygiene and in Agricultural Safety and Health. In addition to the OEH degree programs, the University of Iowa’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IDGP) in Human Toxicology is administered out of OEH and eight OEH faculty contribute to the program. The IDGP in Human Toxicology offers MS and PhD training in toxicology and associated biomedical sciences. The IDGP has 24 PhD students and 2 MS students.
The department has a fundamental interest in the health and safety of rural people, currently realized in areas of investigation such as musculoskeletal disorders of farm, factory, and office workers; measurement of biotoxins and toxic chemicals in the environment and biospecimens; health effects of bioaerosols on farmers and other workers; metabolism of PCBs; control measures for occupational and environmental exposures; urban development; infectious disease epidemiology; global health and child health; and strategies to prevent injuries at work and in the community. The department is home to multiple research centers and has research funding through NIH, CDC, State of Iowa, foundations, and corporate entities. Departmental faculty enjoy strong collaborative relationships across campus, including UI Health Care and the Carver College of Medicine, and have well-established working relationships with organizations and communities across Iowa, throughout Federal Region VII (Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri), and internationally, specifically Central Europe, West Africa, East Africa, and India. Further information about the department can be found at https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/oeh/
Candidates will submit applications online at firstname.lastname@example.org, requisition #74073. Inquiries regarding the position can be made to Dr. Joseph Cavanaugh, the Search Committee Chair, at email@example.com. Applications should include a letter outlining interest and relevant experience and a curriculum vitae. Candidates should also provide a statement identifying how their past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion will advance the University of Iowa’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
The University of Iowa is an equal employment opportunity / affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff, which involves providing opportunities for employees to “Build a Career | Build a Life.” For more information about local work / life resources, including dual-career support, please see http://worklife.uiowa.edu.
If you are interested in applying to lead the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, or would like to nominate someone for the position, or have other questions, please contact our search committee:
Candidates are invited to apply for the position directly at the University of Iowa jobs website. Refer to requisition #74073. All candidates will need to complete the application to be considered and are also required to submit the following materials online:
An updated curriculum vitae; and,
a letter with a statement of interest and relevant experience.
The University of Iowa College of Public Health (CPH) is one of the eleven colleges within the University of Iowa, a research-intensive public university and a member of the American Association of Universities. With a culture of inclusiveness and a motivation to excel, the university and CPH are dedicated to exploration, discovery, creation, and engagement.
Founded in 1999, the College of Public Health is the newest collegiate unit at the University of Iowa, and the only accredited school of public health in the state of Iowa.
The college is home to nearly 80 full-time faculty, more than 400 graduate students, and a new and growing undergraduate degree program. The CPH is composed of five departments: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health management and policy, and occupational and environmental health.
The college takes pride in its multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to addressing public health challenges and training the next generation of public health leaders, educators, and researchers.
Occupational and Environmental Health
Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) have a fundamental interest in the health and safety of rural people, currently realized in areas of investigation such as:
Musculoskeletal disorders of farm, factory, and office workers
Measurement of biotoxins in the environment
Health effects of bioaerosols on farmers and other workers
Metabolism of PCB’s
Control measures for occupational exposures
Strategies to prevent injuries at work and in the community.
We engage in research, education, and outreach activities across Iowa, throughout Federal Region VII ( Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri), and in countries of Central Europe and West Africa.
With tuition and stipend support, students in OEH are working toward:
Master’s or doctoral degrees in occupational and environmental health
Master’s or doctoral degrees specializing in industrial hygiene
Master’s or doctoral degrees specializing in agricultural safety and health
Master of public health degrees in occupational and environmental health
The college’s graduate level programs offer advanced study in public health as well as combined degree programs in business, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.
The new bachelor’s degree program, which began admitting students in fall 2016, makes UI the first Iowa Regents institution to offer an undergraduate public health major in this rapidly growing discipline.
An innovative “undergrad-to-grad” (U2G) program allows incoming undergraduate students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years, rather than the typical six years – saving students time, money, and expediting their pathway to a career in industry, policy, research, or public health administration.
Certificate programs, in areas such as Agricultural Safety and Health, Biostatistics, and Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology, provide focused curriculum to strengthen knowledge and skills in these disciplinary areas.
The CPH alumni body consists of more than 2,900 graduates who have made their marks across the globe, influencing policy, conducting research, guiding communities toward healthier outcomes, and training future public health educators and leaders. Alumni are involved in the college as mentors, lecturers, board members, practicum site hosts, and guests at special events.
The college provides a wide range of workforce development opportunities for the public health workforce. More than 19,000 individuals participated in the college’s continuing education programs in FY2016.
The college’s highly productive research enterprise is fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and strong research infrastructure, including an array of well-establish and multi-disciplinary federal research centers, numerous pilot grant programs that nurture exploratory research, robust faculty mentoring initiatives, and a culture of collaboration.
College of Public Health faculty members secured $38.1 million in external funding for public health research in FY2017. In FY2017, CPH research productivity amounted to $482,090 in research dollars per faculty member.
Across all funding sources, public health investigators have a 45 percent success rate in securing new and competing awards (3-year average for the period ending June 2016). The success rate for only NIH new and competing awards is 41 percent.
The college’s research success occurs both through grants to individual investigators and through its 26 multi-disciplinary research centers. Examples of research innovation include:
Clinical Trials Research – The Clinical Trials Statistical Data Management Center is a national leader in providing statistical and data management support for large, multicenter clinical trials. The center serves as the national data coordinating center for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s NeuroNEXT initiative, an innovative partnership involving academic centers, industry, and private foundations working to speed development of promising treatments for people with neurological disorders.
Population-based Cancer Research – The State Health Registry of Iowa, the state of Iowa’s cancer registry for more than 40 years, is the gold standard for determining the burden of cancer on Iowans and assessing trends in cancer occurrence and survival. It is one of 14 population-based registries nationwide reporting data to the National Cancer Institute’s SEER program. Each year, the registry’s extensive data resources support dozens of cancer research, prevention, and educational activities, ranging from studies of agricultural exposures to pesticides to cancer cluster investigations.
Place-based research: The college’s Prevention Research Center for Rural Health, funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collaborates closely with the southeast Iowa community of Ottumwa to conduct applied public health research addressing issues related to obesity.
Iowa Superfund Research Program – A recent five-year, $12 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will fund studies of the health effects of environmental pollutants, especially semi-volatile polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in water, former industrial sites, and the atmosphere. With this new grant, this program has received funding of approximately $40 million since 2005 for PCBs research as well as training support for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
Rural Policy Research – The Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, a program within the CPH-based national Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), provides timely analysis to federal and state health policy makers assessing the impact of health policy in America’s rural areas. Recent analyses include comparisons between rural and urban enrollment in health insurance marketplaces, the impact of health care reform on rural communities, telemedicine use, and the role of rural pharmacies in providing essential clinical services such as blood pressure monitoring, immunizations, and diabetes counseling.
The college’s innovative community engagement activities reach people throughout all 99 of Iowa’s counties, across the United States, and around the globe. At the state level, programs help to monitor and prevent birth defects and cancers, train the local public health workforce in areas such as emergency preparedness and mandatory reporting requirements, engage local business leaders in community health initiatives, and assist elderly residents to maintain their independence.
Nationally, the college routinely convenes experts and policy makers to address current topics such as health disparities, opioid addiction, and health system reform. The college’s service function also includes commitment to train health specialists around the world, facilitating exchanges with professionals in Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and West Africa.
Some examples of the College’s commitment to community engagement include:
The Business Leadership Network is a flagship initiative to foster relationships between the college and small- and medium-sized businesses and communities across Iowa. College faculty and students regularly engage with business leaders in community forums and through a statewide Steering Committee. The BLN’s small grant program provides support for local community health initiatives in areas such as healthy lifestyles, nutrition, children and youth programs, and workplace safety and wellness.
Faculty with expertise in community-based participatory research currently lead projects focusing on cancer prevention and increasing adults’ physical activity. The Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL), based in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, seeks to improve health through CBPR with communities who experience health inequities.
The college has established unique collaborations that integrate the arts with public health research and education. Partners have included the Iowa City-based Working Group Theatre, the University of Iowa’s Hancher Performing Arts Center, and individual artists working on projects that address bullying, aging, mental health, and other issues.
The college regularly participates in state-level events where faculty and students connect and discuss their work with public health practitioners, state legislators, and local communities. The college also frequently hosts free community events on-campus, including films, panel discussions, and invited speakers.
The college’s Iowa Public Health Heroes Award recognizes practitioners whose work promotes better health and prevents disease in the state.
The College of Public Health engages in innovative academic collaborations with units across the university, and partners at the state, national, and global levels to advance education, research, and public health policy.
A number of combined degree options are offered in conjunction with the UI Colleges of Business, Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy, and the Veterinary Medicine Program at Iowa State University. Additionally, CPH faculty are closely aligned with the Interdisciplinary Program in Human Toxicology.
The college offers undergraduate-to-graduate programs in partnership with the University of Iowa, Coe College, Cornell College, and Grinnell College.
The CPH is a leader in promoting interdisciplinary team-teaching across departments and encourages interprofessional education opportunities.
Our faculty conduct multidisciplinary research across campus with colleagues from the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Faculty also collaborate on research with investigators nationally and internationally.
The college’s Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) fosters new collaborations, within and outside the University of Iowa, by bringing together researchers, health care organizations, providers, citizens, community leaders, private partners, and policy makers to help shape and inform public health policy.
The College of Public Health and the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication recently collaborated to establish the University of Iowa as a member of the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium Network. The network provides opportunities to highlight critical public health issues in the media, sponsor campus visits by journalists and international reporting fellowship opportunities for public health and journalism students.
Diversity and Inclusion
The College of Public Health interprets diversity as embracing and respecting all races, nationalities, colors, creeds, religions, age, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference.
The college believes that diversity in the classroom is a vital component of educating future public health professionals and scientists. A well-rounded, culturally competent public health workforce is required to meet the health needs of the nation’s growing ethnic and racial populations and to address the pressing health disparities faced by many groups. The college is committed to facilitating an atmosphere rich in cultural perspectives and actively supports and promotes diversity in the college and public health workforce.
The CPH Diversity Committee includes faculty, staff, and student representatives. This committee aims to promote and develop a culture of collaboration and inclusion in the college and university and works towards greater representation of those currently underrepresented in the college and in the public health workforce.
The Diversity Committee annually selects a number of incoming students to receive Underrepresented Student Recruitment Scholarships.
The college participates in two programs – the Summer Institute in Biostatistics and the Summer Health Professions Education Program – that introduce underrepresented undergraduate students to public health education, research, and careers.
The college regularly offers films, workshops, lectures, and other programs and activities that focus on diversity topics.
Engaged and generous supporters have contributed to the success of the college’s philanthropy. At the conclusion of the University of Iowa’s recent For Iowa. Forever More campaign, more than 1,913 donors had contributed a total of $40 million to the College of Public Health, surpassing the $25.8 million goal.
Donors included many alumni, current and former faculty and staff, students, community members, and corporate and foundation partners. Their gifts supported a wide array of sectors, including students; faculty; the CPH leadership fund; rural health, comparative effectiveness research, and community engagement; the community outreach fund; facilities; and unrestricted support for the college’s greatest needs.
The College of Public Health works closely with the UI Foundation to support advancement initiatives. The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the UI, and its mission is to promote the UI’s commitment to excellence through engagement and philanthropy.
The college is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is Iowa’s only accredited school of public health.
CPH faculty are recognized by their peers as leading scholars and experts in their disciplines. Faculty are members and fellows in many organizations, including the National Academy of Medicine, American College of Healthcare Executives, and American Statistical Association.
The College of Public Health Building has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for sustainable design.
Three college-wide “Areas of Collective Excellence” inform growth and innovation: Rural Health, Community Engagement, and Comparative Effectiveness Research.
College of Public Health graduates are highly sought after: 97 percent have job placements within 12 months of graduation, or are pursuing further education.
Public Health faculty are the UI’s most entrepreneurial, on average supporting 50 percent of their salary through research grants and other external funding.
The University of Iowa is a major national research university and member of the AAU. Founded in 1847 and consistently ranked among the top public universities in the country, Iowa’s oldest public university is now the largest of three governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. Today, the University occupies a 1,700-acre campus in Iowa City and includes Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, Dentistry, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and a Graduate College.
As the first U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis and regardless of race, The University of Iowa also boasts the first College of Law west of the Mississippi River. The university has often led the country in academic innovation. The MFA degree was invented at the University of Iowa, thereby making it the first to accept creative work in theater, writing, music, and visual art as theses for advanced degrees. The university established the first educational radio station west of the Mississippi; broadcast the world’s first educational television programs; and developed educational testing, in which the university continues to hold preeminence.
Over 30,000 students are currently enrolled at Iowa. Fifty-four percent come from Iowa, 28 percent from adjoining states, and 5 percent from the remaining states. International students from 114 countries make up 12.7 percent of the University’s enrollment and that figure continues to increase each year. The university, with an annual operating budget of more than $3.5 billion, is the area’s largest employer with approximately 2,800 faculty and 13,000 staff members.
Living in Iowa City
A diverse community, an affordable place to live, and a vibrant cultural life make Iowa City an attractive home for scholars, scientists, artists, writers, and professionals of all kinds. A growing community of about 72,000 people, Iowa City takes pride in openness, inclusion, and safety.
But it’s also a cultural hub, a gathering place for artists of every medium, the home of some of America’s most inventive minds, and so much more. Iowa City is one of just 20 UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world, and the only one in the U.S., establishing it as an international destination for creative thinkers. That energy fills the streets, creating a vibrant place that we love to call home.
With outstanding affordable health care, excellent libraries and schools, historic neighborhoods, and a downtown filled with a lively mix of restaurants, shops, theater, music, and festivals, Iowa City is casual, comfortable, and cosmopolitan. Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis/St. Paul are within easy driving distance, while the nearby Eastern Iowa Airport connects travelers to the world.
For all these reasons, Iowa City is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S.
No. 2 Best Places to Live, Small to Mid-Size U.S. Cities (Livability.com)
No. 3 Best Place to Live in the U.S. (Outside Magazine)
No. 4 Best Place to Retire in the U.S. (NBC’s Today Show)
No. 5 Best College Towns in America (Business Insider)