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Milestones

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona is the only nationally accredited college of public health in the state.

2012
The National Institutes of Health awarded Kacey Ernst, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of Epidemiology, more than $3 million for research to prevent the mosquito-borne infectious diseases that cause malaria and dengue.
2011
The Global Health Institute (GHI) launched the Undergraduate Research Program in collaboration with the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix. The four week biomedical research program is offered during the months of July and August.
2010
The college expands public health academics in Phoenix.
The PhD in Environmental Health Sciences is approved by the Arizona Board of Regents, and the first students were admitted for the fall 2010 semester.
The Arizona Public Health Training Center is established to provide free training to the public health workforce in the state. The center is funded by a $3.2 million, five-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Western Mining Safety and Health Training Resource Center was established with a $1.6 million, three-year grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The center is a consortium of three UA colleges: Departments of Mining and Geological Engineering, College of Engineering; College of Education; and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
The Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center was established with a $4.7 million, five-year grant from the CDC.
2009
The Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention & Health Promotion (formerly known as the Prevention Research Center) receives a $3.9 million grant for five more years of funding from the CDC.
2008
Iman Hakim, MD, PhD, MPH, was appointed dean of the college.
2006
The college began holding classes in its new home, Roy P. Drachman Hall.
The College receives a 7-year continuation accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
2005
The College receives a $1.8 million, five-year grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, a division of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to enhance a training program that aims to reduce health disparities in mothers and their children.
2004
The College receives a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the CDC to continue the efforts of the Southwest Center for Community Health Promotion.
Dean Swanson receives the 2004 Commission on the Status of Women Vision Award, recognizing her leadership in the University's diverse multi-cultural environment.
2003
The College receives accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The College receives a $6-million grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, to establish the Arizona EXPORT Center, which focuses on reducing health disparities among American Indian and Hispanics in two areas: diabetes and substance abuse. This grant helps establish the Center for Health Equality at the College.
The College’s Health Community Access Program of Arizona (CAPAZ) receives the 2003 Model of Excellence Award from the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission.
2002
Mel and Enid Zuckerman were honored for their financial support to the College and their commitment to the University of Arizona by naming the college the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Dr. Richard Carmona, alumni and professor, named 17th Surgeon General of the United States.
2001
G. Marie Swanson, PhD, MPH, is appointed founding dean of the College.
The Rural Health Office relocates to the College of Public Health.
The college is organized into three academic divisions that reflect the nature of research, teaching and practice: Community, Environment and Policy, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Health Promotion Sciences, are formed.
2000
The Arizona Board of Regents voted to establish the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.
The College of Public Health at the University of Arizona becomes the first college of public health in the Southwest and Mountain State Region.
1997
The Arizona Graduate Program in Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The Arizona Prevention Center is approved as a Center of Excellence at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.
Mel and Enid Zuckerman committed to donate $10 million over 10 years – the largest gift in UA history at that time – which helped pave the way to the establishment of the College of Public Health.
1993
The Arizona Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Arizona Graduate Program in Public Health (MPH).

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