Developing, recommending and promoting initiatives across the University to advance health sciences education, research, service and outreach.

 Welcome to our University Health Sciences Council website, your comprehensive gateway to Penn State's many diverse biomedical and life sciences endeavors.

The University Health Sciences Council initiated the first phase of its work to develop a Health Sciences Strategic Plan. There was broad consensus that the council should develop major themes and then build the vision, mission and strategic goals around these themes.

The council developed five themes around which we are organizing faculty focus groups to more fully determine the feasibility of development of the themes in the context of the three missions of teaching, research and clinical care/service. The thematic areas are:

  • Rural Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Informatics and Prevention
  • Nano-Medicine
  • Environmental Health (to include, biological and chemical factors, as well as, natural resource impacts – air quality, access to clean water and water sanitation, and energy resources)

Penn State President Graham B. Spanier announced the formation of the University Health Sciences Council in October 2006. The council, which will build on the work of the Health Sciences 2020 team, will:

  • Develop a health sciences strategic plan for Penn State with measurable goals and objectives which identifies necessary steps, responsible individuals and specific timelines.
  • Recommend areas for investment of resources to advance the University in its health sciences education, research, service and outreach missions.
  • Identify and recommend opportunities for alignment of campuses, colleges, schools, programs and institutes to create new synergies for Penn State to optimize the use of existing resources.
  • Collect and disseminate information on health science programs that benchmarks Penn State against its peers.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration at Penn State in the health sciences.