Because of large-scale macrosocial forces including globalization, urbanization, health disparities and population aging, the world’s health needs are changing. These complex problems demand interdisciplinary approaches and system-based solutions. Toward this end, we are building a vibrant community of scholars and cultivating interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty in the college, across the university and with other institutions to address complex public health problems.
In Spring 2017, we organized and co-hosted Joint-College Ignite Research Colloquia during which faculty presented their research passions and expertise to spark interdisciplinary conversations and 'ignite' the audience with research ideas, stimulate thought and promote collaborations.
Following the Ignite Research Colloquia, we awarded funding for six, one-year collaborative projects each with a PI from the representative colleges: