Formerly the Institute for Community Health, the new center was created in response to the increase in health-related research across campus and the new Master of Public Health program. The mission of the center is to foster interdisciplinary, collaborative public health practice, and research activities at Virginia Tech and among external public health agencies, organizations, practitioners, and researchers.
"In support of the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment's mission of enhancing interdisciplinary scholarship and research funding in the social sciences and humanities, the center provides an excellent opportunity to pool faculty expertise to create a larger, more recognizable entity than a single faculty member or program alone might accomplish," said Karen Roberto, director of the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment.
The Center for Public Health Practice and Research will be housed in the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and supported by the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment. Additional support will be provided through collaborative projects to which center staff time and resources will be devoted.
"The center will provide research and outreach opportunities for faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates, and a mechanism for collaboration among university researchers and with outside partners to respond to national and community needs," said Hosig.
"We will place students with center partner agencies and organizations for practicum experiences," said François Elvinger, department head of population health sciences. "These projects will immerse our Master of Public Health students in a wide range of public health service and research projects," he said.