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Here at Temple University’s College of Public Health, we are building on our field’s legacy of innovation by reimagining health in its fullest form. Public health has been responsible for some of the greatest health achievements of the past century. The average life expectancy of Americans increased by 30 years between 1900 and 2000, and pioneering public health solutions have improved quality of life for populations around the world. But today we are facing complex challenges and concerns that require us to adapt our tools, our approaches, and how we conceptualize public health.
At our college, we see public health as a transdisciplinary approach to understanding the factors that shape the health of individuals and populations—as well as the ways in which those factors affect the design of healthcare and its delivery to individuals. Across 17 disciplines and 51 programs, we are advancing the cutting edge of inter-professional research and education.
Our faculty and students are solving some of today’s most significant public health issues. As more of our population advances into older age, we are helping them stay active and engaged in daily life. We ensure that individuals with injuries, disabilities and chronic illnesses can continue to function and thrive. And we are making sure that the benefits of new and old medical technologies are accessible to everyone.
In disciplines ranging from physical therapy to social work, the individuals in our college work to ensure that all citizens—of Philadelphia, our country, and the world—are able to lead productive lives and contribute to society. Together we are redefining what it means to be leaders in public health. I invite you to learn more, and to join our community.
About Dean Laura A. Siminoff, PhD
Dr. Laura Siminoff, PhD | Dean of the College of Public Health
Dr. Laura Siminoff, PhD, is an internationally renowned public health scientist and an expert in health communication and decision-making. She has conducted seminal research in assisting cancer patients with informed decision-making about treatment, understanding the health burdens of family caregivers for late stage cancer patients, and examining the impact that communication plays in the production of health disparities. Dr. Siminoff is regarded as a preeminent researcher of determinants of consent to organ and tissue donation, and has developed interventions that help relieve the shortage of transplantable organs. More recently, she has led studies to understand the ethical and social implications of tissue donation for biobanking and genetic studies.
Dr. Siminoff has served as dean of the College of Public Health at Temple University since 2014. Originally trained as an anthropologist, her increasing interest in health care led her to pursue a PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Temple, she was professor and founding chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Health at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and the associate director of cancer prevention and control at the Massey Cancer Center.
Dr. Siminoff continues as an active investigator with grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Health Resources Services Administration, among others. Over the course of her career she has received $40,000,000 in research funds as Principal Investigator, and is the author of 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. In addition to her research, she is an enthusiastic and committed mentor, and has assisted many graduate students, post-docs and junior faculty in launching their careers as independent investigators.