With a new name and a new vision, Temple’s College of Health Professions and Social Work is now the College of Public Health. The move makes the College the largest such institution in the greater Philadelphia region and, once it completes its accreditation process, will be one of only three accredited schools of public health in Pennsylvania.
Temple University’s Board of Trustees approved the action, demonstrating University support to move forward with efforts to provide cutting-edge transdisciplinary education and research initiatives. The accrediting body, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), approved Temple’s application to become an accredited school of public health in September, thereby initiating the process to make the official change. Temple is currently a CEPH-accredited program.
“The move explicitly recognizes the inter‐connectedness of individual and population health through the intersection of physical health, mental health, and well‐being,” said Dean Laura Siminoff. “Health care is no longer centered only on the individual and his or her physician, but rather the family and larger community. Our College will work to improve health simultaneously at the population and individual levels with a focus on health disparities and social welfare.”
The new college will significantly benefit all its stakeholders— students will have more access to funded training experiences and be better prepared to work in the modern health care setting; faculty can expand their research and clinical care to encompass transdisciplinary teams and will also have access to new research funding sources; and the community can take advantage of services that integrate multiple areas of expertise reflecting a more holistic approach to health and well-being.
Temple University College of Public Health website: http://chpsw.temple.edu