Penn State Appoints Team to Evaluate Health Sciences Portfolio

June 28, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Some of the greatest opportunities and challenges facing American society in the decades to come revolve around profound changes in healthcare delivery, the education of health professionals and scientists and health sciences research.

In an effort to fully prepare Penn State to meet the growing challenges, the University has created the Health Sciences 2020 Team. The 14-member group, recently named by President Graham B. Spanier, convened for the first time during the week of June 20.

The Health Sciences 2020 Team is led by Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, senior vice president for health affairs, dean of the College of Medicine and CEO of Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Raymond T. Coward, Schultz Professor and Dean of the College of Health and Human Development, is the team co-chair. The team has been issued a threefold charge:

Penn State has a long and distinguished record of educating students for a variety of careers in the health sciences and for producing research on the frontiers of knowledge. These contributions have been made in many units of the University. Currently, nearly 50 health science education programs are offered at various Penn State locations to more than 3,200 students.

Research in the health sciences at Penn State has grown tremendously in recent years and includes rapid increases in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-sponsored research expenditures. For example, The Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences, created in 1995, have been an important driver in the increased health-sciences research.

The Health Sciences 2020 Team has been assembled to build upon these accomplishments to achieve higher levels of performance through increased integration and collaboration.

In an effort to engage the University community in this important charge, the Health Sciences 2020 Team invites your comments. Currently, the team seeks responses to this question: “What do you see as the biggest opportunity to improve health-sciences education at Penn State over the next 15 years?” Contact the team at to respond.

For a complete list of Health Sciences 2020 Team members, visit at the Penn State Live Web site. A comprehensive list of Penn State’s health sciences education programs can be found at

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Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or