The College of Health plays a salient role in the transformation of America’s health care. Many of the diseases people suffer from are completely preventable. In fact, about 75 percent of medical care expenses can be prevented through positive lifestyle changes. In other words, by making certain changes, there would be 75 percent fewer hospital visits, medical bills, shots, medications, and surgeries for preventable chronic diseases. Less medicine and more health leads to more fulfilled and enjoyable lives.
Through discovering and implementing new knowledge to prevent chronic diseases – and through evidence-based rehabilitation services – the College of Health serves society’s health care needs through academics, research, and clinical practice.
Innovative opportunities for students and faculty to engage in interprofessional education, research, and practice initiated the College of Health realignment from seven departments and divisions to five departments. The realignment creates new Departments of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology, Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Occupational and Recreational Therapies, and Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation, in addition to the preexisting Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our realignment will create new and exciting degree programs and initiatives in support of transforming health care in America.
The University of Utah is demonstrating progressive action in tackling preventable disease and evidence-based rehabilitation by leveraging the College of Health’s strengths through new partnerships with Health Sciences researchers and clinicians in diabetes, metabolism, obesity, neurosciences, cancer and physical activity, and cardiovascular research and training.
Recent joint faculty appointments and interdisciplinary research initiatives include the College of Health and the Diabetes and Metabolism Center, Department of Population Health Sciences, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Neurosciences Initiative, and the Population Health Sciences' Health Policy and Health Economics Research.
The College of Health is also engaged in a number of high-impact educational practices, enhancing undergraduate students’ success. Examples include centralized advising in the new Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Student Success, creating a pre-Health Professions Living and Learning Community in partnership with the Honors College, and an enhanced program of undergraduate research.
As paramount as academics are to the College, so are clinical training, research, and service. They improve health and quality of life for the Salt Lake community and beyond. The College offers clinics in Speech-Language-Hearing, Nutrition, Life Skills, and Rehabilitation and Wellness. In collaboration with the University’s Chief Wellness Officer, the College also sponsors a University employee fitness program - Performance Enhancement through Applied Knowledge (PEAK).
With practice-based curriculum and advanced leadership training, the College of Health is producing more than graduates—it’s producing future health leaders who will tackle our most troublesome health care needs.
The College is among the largest colleges and schools at the University with 2,500 undergraduates and 600 graduate students. Degree options include 18 BA/BS degree emphases, 16 master’s degree programs, three clinical doctorates, and five PhD programs. This combination of graduate degrees, professional programs, and undergraduate majors uniquely positions the College to contribute to the clinical and research missions of Health Sciences and high-impact educational practices on the main campus.
Every person in the country is a consumer of health care. Without question, people understand the importance of wellness and prevention programs—less medicine, more health. The College of Health is a pioneer in prevention of chronic diseases and evidence-based rehabilitation services.
By investing in the intellectual firepower of the College’s faculty and students, donors will help to ensure that Utah is the solution for this nation’s health care needs. With you, and because of your investment, we can transform health care.
Make a profound impact in health care by partnering with the University of Utah College of Health. We seek to retain and recruit the brightest minds for faculty and graduates and undergraduates. This is why Utah will remain the leader in health care, by being the leading choice for education. We hope to inspire you to join us on this revolutionary transformation!
Please contact the College of Health at 801-585-3205 for further information on creating your legacy in the transformation of health care.