On Aug. 21, Lehigh officially welcomed the College of Health’s Inaugural Class of 2024. The opening of the College was an important step forward in the history of the university, as it celebrated its first new college in 50 years.
With COVID-19 continuing to impact communities the world over, the College stands ready to take on both the pandemic and other emerging health problems. The College is the first in the world to offer undergraduate, graduate and executive degrees in population health, with a focus on innovation.
Inaugural Dean Whitney P. Witt said, “Opening this College amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of leveraging data to improve the health of millions of people at a time. Health crises like COVID-19 are precisely what the faculty research and students will learn about.”
A Unique College
Driven by innovation and technology, students studying at the College of Health will have opportunities for leadership and impact. They will engage in influential research, policy and practice to improve the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities.
“Talented students and researchers eager to innovate and collaborate will be drawn to Lehigh because of the College of Health and its potential for impact,” said Lehigh President John D. Simon. “Because of this college, Lehigh people will be leaders in industry and positioned at the forefront of innovative research. We'll be influencing policy and practice, and we'll be helping to improve the health of people in our community, as well as nationally and globally.”