Excellence and expansion are hallmarks of the School of Public
Health and Health Professions.
Our history dates back to Oct. 14, 1965, when the School of Health Related Professions (HRP) was created by order of the Trustees of the State University of New York. Albert C. Rekate, MD, a UB professor of rehabilitation medicine and an administrator and later director of the present day Erie County Medical Center, was named acting dean of the school in 1965.
The next year, UB recruited J. Warren Perry from the Vocational Rehabilitation Administration in Washington, D.C., where he had helped shape the 1966 Allied Health Professions Training Act. Perry moved quickly to unify programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and medical technology, all previously housed in the medical school. When HRP was formally dedicated in 1967, it was the first of its kind in New York and one of the first in the nation.
Perry was successful in obtaining federal funds to develop allied-health training programs.
In 1975, HRP added a program in nuclear medicine technology and a year later picked up the Department of Physical Education from UB’s School of Education. In the mid-1980s, physical education merged with physical therapy to form the Department of Physical Therapy and Exercise Science. During that decade, the school also started a graduate program in nutrition.
By the mid-1990s, HRP had started doctoral programs in rehabilitation science and exercise science.
In September 2001, Maurizio Trevisan, MD, MS, chair of the
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the School of
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, agreed to serve as interim dean
of HRP. He brought with him the vision for the new School of Public
Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). SPHHP was created and
formally established in January 2003 by combining the Department of
Social and Preventive Medicine (currently known as Epidemiology and
Environmental Health) and the School of Health Related
Trevisan was named dean of the SPHHP in December 2004 and served in that capacity until September of 2007, when he was recruited by the Nevada System of High Education to serve as vice chancellor and CEO of the University of Nevada Health Sciences System. In September 2007, Lynn T. Kozlowski, PhD, was named interim dean of the school and in December 2008 was named the new school’s second permanent dean.
The school was awarded full accreditation in 2009 by the Council
on Education for Public Health, qualifying it for membership in the
Association of Schools of Public Health, which is now known as the
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. The
school’s health professions programs—occupational
therapy, physical therapy, preventive medicine residency and
dietetic internship—are also fully accredited by their
respective professional bodies. Among the members of the ASPPH, our
school is one of just a handful in the country that complements
public health with the health professions. | Read
In 2011, we created the Office of Global Health Initiatives to
coordinate and promote the school’s global health
opportunities. The office brings together UB students, faculty and
staff and community partners from across the globe to further
health education, research and service. | Learn more
We offer degrees at undergraduate, graduate, professional and doctoral levels through our five departments: biostatistics; community health and health behavior; epidemiology and environmental health; exercise and nutrition sciences; and rehabilitation science. A new department in health services policy and practice is in development.