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IUP Sociology Professor Selected as Director of Public Health Program

Posted on 8/2/2017 8:58:20 PM

Diane Shinberg, a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at IUP, has been selected as the director of IUP’s new Public Health program.

Diane Shinberg from the IUP Department of Sociology will head the Public Health bachelor of science program The Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health was approved by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Board of Governors in October 2016.

The program in Public Health is interdisciplinary, leveraging faculty, existing coursework, and infrastructure from three IUP colleges: Health and Human Services; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Students in the major may focus in three academic areas: Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Environmental and Occupational Health; and Behavioral and Mental Health. Faculty in more than 20 departments contributed to the development of the program.

“We believe that the nature of the Public Health program, and the variety of options for study, will allow for a great deal of collaborative learning and will prepare students to enter the field immediately after graduation or go on to a competitive advanced degree program,” said IUP Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Moerland.

“I feel very confident in Dr. Shinberg’s selection for this important leadership role,” Moerland said. “Her research, along with her past experiences, makes her a very good fit for this position.”

Shinberg joined the IUP faculty in 2009. She served as the coordinator of the Master of Arts program in the department from 2012 to 2016. Since 2005, she has served as a faculty affiliate at the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Prior to her work at IUP, she was a member of the sociology department at the University of Memphis with faculty affiliation with the Center for Community Health there; and she worked as a health analyst and statistician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has authored and presented a number of publications and programs on health- and aging-related topics and has collaborated on projects about vulnerable populations, locally, regionally and internationally.

The degree in Public Health is designed meet a growing commonwealth workforce need in public health and related healthcare fields. Students will study the science of human health and the epidemiology of infectious and chronic diseases, as well as the complications of the United States and global healthcare systems with regard to access and ethics of the disparities in healthcare delivery.

Professional jobs related to public health are projected to increase in number from 2014 to 2024 by at least 23 percent. The US Department of Labor and Statistics predicts that by 2016 the need for counselors and those that train them (PhD counselor educators) will increase by 34 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

For more information about IUP’s program in Public Health, visit www.iup.edu/public-health.