Dr. Greg Hand, professor of epidemiology, medicine and physical activity and sports sciences at West Virginia University, has been named dean of the College of Health Professions at Wichita State University, effective Aug. 9, 2020.
“In Dr. Hand’s interviews, it was obvious from his background in providing health care leadership, conducting research in the health field and conceptualizing new public health educational programs, that he was the best choice to lead the College of Health Professions,” said WSU Executive Vice President and Provost Richard Muma, who appointed Hand.
Muma said he has asked Hand to prepare to focus immediately on embracing the culture of the college and health care community and connect its faculty and staff to WSU’s focus as an urban public research university by increasing enrollment opportunities and helping the health care industry solve some of their most pressing issues.
Developing innovative curricular approaches as well as raising money to support the college programs, are additional priorities, Muma said.
“I am excited to be joining Wichita State University, which has a reputation as a university on the move,” Hand said. “Whether in the laboratory, treating people at the bedside, or promoting health out in the community, the College of Health Professions is having a significant impact on the vitality of Wichita.”
Hand is internationally recognized for his work on physical activity and health.
He has published over 140 scientific articles and book chapters. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, United States Health and Human Services agencies, the American Heart Association, and numerous foundations and corporations.
He served as the founding dean of West Virginia University’s School of Public Health, and previous to that role, he was the associate dean for Research, Practice and Information Technology at the University of South Carolina’s School of Public Health.
“I am excited and honored to be joining the faculty, staff and students of the College of Health Professions in continuing their efforts to improve health and prevent disease in Wichita and across Kansas,” he said.
The College of Health Professions (CHP) at Wichita State University is recognized for excellence in its health professions programs, its applied learning and community engagement activities, its strong community and healthcare industry partnerships; and as a primary supplier of a ready workforce in a variety of health care disciplines. Located in the City of Wichita, with a metropolitan population of more than 600,000 (the largest business, industrial, and cultural center in the state), Wichita State University (enrollment of 16,000 students) is one of six state-supported universities in Kansas and is distinguished by its urban mission and non-traditional student body.