UC-Davis Pushing To Launch Public Health School
UC-Davis officials are pitching a proposal to create a graduate school of public health, a plan that coincides with the upcoming launch of the California Department of Public Health, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
The proposal for a public health school is under review by UC-Davis's Academic Senate. If approved, the proposal would go to the university president for consideration. Final approval by the UC Board of Regents could open the school within three years.
The current public health work force lacks formal training, and two-thirds of the directors of public laboratories will be retiring within the next decade. A new public health school within proximity to the Capitol could provide expanded resources to the new agency, according to the Business Journal.
Marc Schenker, a UC-Davis public health professor and leader of the proposal, said, "We are working very closely to develop these so they can mutually benefit" (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 4/16).