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The College of Health is the nexus of health research at Lehigh. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of the people of the Lehigh Valley, as well as communities across the country and around the world. In collaboration with Lehigh’s other four colleges, our data-driven areas of research include Community & Population Health, Precision Health, and Health Innovation & Technology.

Community & Population Health

In our Community & Population Health research area, we seek to improve the health of populations through data-driven and culturally informed prevention and intervention based on social, biological, psychological, commercial, and other determinants of health.

Research areas

  • Global Health Policy
  • Indigenous Health and Wellness
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Justice
  • Data Science and Predictive Modeling
  • Biostatistics
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Equity 
  • Health Economics
  • Health Services Research
  • Community-Based Participatory Research

Research in this area at Lehigh has been funded by the PA State Department of Health, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Cancer Society

Precision Health

Our Precision Health research focus builds on Lehigh’s strengths in biological and chemical disciplines to leverage data and develop prevention strategies based on individual variability in genes, biomarkers, environment, and lifestyle.

Research areas

  • Asthma speciation 
  • Obesity
  • Sex-dimorphism
  • Biomarker development and validation
  • Predictive modeling for screening and diagnosis
  • Development and evaluation of decision-support tools

Heath Innovation & Technology

Leveraging Lehigh’s traditional technology strengths, our Health Innovation & Technology research aims to develop diagnostics, devices, and data analytics to improve health outcomes.

Research areas

  • Biological and Environmental Sensing and Diagnostics

Research Institutes

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Institute for Indigenous Studies

The Institute for Indigenous Studies partners and collaborates with Indigenous peoples, nations, communities, and organizations to improve the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of Indigenous peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere. Researchers work with Indigenous peoples, nations, communities, and organizations to identify and address the current health and education needs of Indigenous peoples using a multi-level socio-ecological framework and partners with tribal and community organizations, colleges, universities, and other academic institutions to develop culturally appropriate research methodologies and frameworks that can be used to address the health and education needs of Indigenous peoples.

Examples of current research includes:

  • Tobacco cessation
  • COVID-19
  • Contemporary Indigenous identity
  • Grant writing and research training programs for Native community members
  • Cultural education programs for non-Natives

Institute for Indigenous Studies research is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Cancer Society.

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Contact: Professor Sean Daley, Director


Research Facilities

Our state-of-the-art Health, Science and Technology building is home to a number of cutting edge resources including: the Health Data Warehouse, the Artificial Intelligence and Data Visualization Laboratory, the Community Partnership Engagement Space and more.

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Contact us

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Anand Jagota, 
Associate Dean for Research
Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Bioengineering Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
(610) 758-4396

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Matthew Mattern, 
Director of Development and External Engagement
(610) 758-5017

  • Internal grant opportunities
  • Foundation/Nonprofit engagement
  • Corporate engagement
  • Industry partnerships

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Heather Messina, 
Senior Contract and Grant Specialist
(610) 758-3347

  • External Federal and State proposal development and award management
  • Industry contract review and process management
  • Subrecipient and subcontract coordination

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