Department of Epidemiology seeks new department head

Published on January 12, 2016

The University of Iowa, College of Public Health is seeking a head for the Department of Epidemiology to provide strategic and innovative academic leadership for the department’s teaching, research and service activities.

The College of Public Health was founded in 1999 and is Iowa’s only CEPH-accredited school of public health. The college is nationally ranked among the top 10 in publicly-supported schools of public health and has a diverse research portfolio. The faculty are collaborative and highly productive with expertise in all disciplines of public health. Innovation in education is highly valued and we have a track record of well-established and highly successful graduate and professional training programs. Degree programs in the college include MS, PhD, MHA, and MPH with a BA and BS beginning in Fall of 2016.

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The Department of Epidemiology is one of five departments in the College of Public Health. There are 16 primary faculty, 155 staff, and 81 students currently in the department. Faculty research interests are broad and include infectious diseases, pharmacoepidemiology, cancer surveillance, injury and violence prevention, heart disease and stroke prevention, maternal and child health, aging and genetic epidemiology, and nutrition epidemiology.

The department also houses six centers – Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Health Effectiveness Research Center, Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders, Nutrition Center, Preventive Intervention Center, and State Health Registry of Iowa/Iowa Cancer Registry.Department faculty members enjoy strong collaborative relationships with other departments in the College of Public Health as well as the Carver College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Iowa City VA Health Care System, and State Hygienic Laboratory. In addition, the department has a well-established working relationship with organizations and communities in the state of Iowa.

The Department of Epidemiology offers the following degree programs: MS in epidemiology, MS in clinical investigation, PhD in epidemiology, and an MPH in epidemiology. In addition, they offer an undergrad to grad degree for their MS and MPH programs and certificate programs in Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Translational and Clinical Investigation. Further information about the department can be found at:

Reporting to the dean of the College of Public Health the head will:

  • serve 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;
  • provide effective management of the department’s budget that encompasses all funding sources;
  • provide leadership for development of innovative educational programs;
  • provide leadership for the department’s diverse research program;
  • ensure compliance with collegiate, university, state, and federal policies related to grant funding, legislative, and academic policies;
  • support a collaborative and collegial culture that is inclusive, diverse, supportive, and values faculty, staff, and students;
  • recruit and retain excellent faculty, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds, and encourage faculty development with strong and effective mentorship;
  • foster a learning environment that attracts a diverse student body; and
  • maintain an active scholarship portfolio, including external funding and peer-reviewed publications.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in a related field and credentials commensurate with an appointment as a tenured, full professor in the College of Public Health. Candidates are expected to have a demonstrated record of administrative experience in an academic setting and a strong and distinguished record of scholarly research, teaching, and mentoring. In addition, candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse environment.

Candidates must submit applications online at requisition #67915. Inquiries regarding the position can be made to Edith Parker, the Search Committee Chair, at The Search Committee will continue to screen applicants until the position is filled. Nominations and applications should include a letter outlining interest and relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.

The University of Iowa is an equal 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.