Arizona State University established the College of Health Solutions in May 2012. By moving existing health-related units under one roof, the college is prepared to cross traditional boundaries in order to improve health outcomes. The multidisciplinary college is a key component in ASU’s strategic initiative to bring students, faculty and community partners together to build a new model for health education. In 2017, President Michael Crow and Provost Mark Searle tasked Dean Helitzer to lead a visioning process for the College of Health Solutions.
- ASU Downtown Phoenix campus opens for classes
- Center for Health Information and Research (CHIR) moved to biomedical informatics in engineering
- School of Nutrition and Health Promotion established by joining five existing programs: nutrition (origins in the early 1900s), exercise science and health promotion (origins in the early 1900s), kinesiology (origins in the early 1900s), health sciences (created in 2009), and medical laboratory science (created in 2010). The programs begin transitioning to the Downtown Phoenix campus.
- Instructional kitchens open in Downtown Phoenix campus
- Mayo Clinic announces the creation of the Arizona campus. Medical students attending the Arizona campus will earn a master's degree in the science of health care delivery from the College of Health Solutions. (Press release)
- Department of Biomedical Informatics moved to the Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale
- Keith D. Lindor, MD, former dean of Mayo Medical School, joins ASU as Executive Vice Provost of Health Solutions. The newly created position is responsible for developing the proposed School for the Science of Health Care Delivery and strengthening ASU's partnership with Mayo Clinic. Existing health-related units throughout ASU are moved under the new position, including:
- School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
- Department of Biomedical Informatics
- College of Nursing and Health Innovation
- School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
- Center for Health Innovation & Clinical Trials
- Center for Health Information and Research
- Center for World Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Health Care Delivery and Policy Program
- Healthcare Transformation Institute
- Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust establishes a $10-million strategic investment fund that benefits Health Solutions initiatives. The new fund provides seed funding to the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona Obesity Initiative, School of Biomedical Informatics, and the proposed School for the Science of Health Care Delivery.
- College of Health Solutions established in May 2012. Six existing units and programs are moved to the new college:
- School of Nutrition and Health Promotion (previously in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation)
- Department of Biomedical Informatics (previously in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering)
- Department of Speech and Hearing Science (previously in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
- Doctor of Behavioral Health Program (previously in the School of Letters and Sciences)
- Center for Health Information and Research (previously in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering)
- Center for Metabolic and Vascular Biology (previously in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
- Arizona State University, Mayo Clinic, and the City of Phoenix start plans for the Arizona Biomedical Corridor
- School for the Science of Health Care Delivery launches in the College of Health Solutions
- Sun Devil Fitness Complex opens in Downtown Phoenix, includes lab space for exercise & wellness classes
- Ten new degree programs announced
- The Collaboratory on Central opens inside the historic Westward Ho building. The new space serves as a teaching clinic for the various colleges and disciplines represented on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus, including our nutrition program.
- The Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care is formed. The announcement formalized the alliance after 12 years of working together on programs. Learn more about the alliance's history.
- Mayo Clinic School of Medicine welcomes 1st cohort of students in Scottsdale. Students at all of Mayo’s campuses will receive a medical degree from Mayo Clinic as well as a certificate in the science of health care delivery, jointly conferred by ASU and Mayo Clinic.
- Deborah L. Helitzer appointed dean of ASU’s College of Health Solutions. As an experienced change leader, Helitzer begins work to strengthen the identity of the college and expand its educational and research capacity.
- The college begins its visioning process with the goal of reimagining CHS as an engine that drives knowledge to action to improve health outcomes
- The ASU University Senate approves the disestablishment of the five academic units in the College of Health Solutions. The vote occurred on August 27, 2018 with 90 for, 1 against, and 2 abstaining.
- The Arizona Board of Regents unanimously approves the disestablishment of the five academic units in the College of Health Solutions on September 27, 2018. Welcome to the new CHS!
This story began last August 2017 when Dean Helitzer was tasked by President Michael Crow and Provost Mark Searle to lead a visioning process for the College of Health Solutions. There were several questions that the president and provost wanted the visioning process to address:
- What is the unique identity of CHS?
- What should our focus be?
- Do we need to reorganize in some way to accomplish our new mission?
- How can we most effectively eliminate the isolated silos and unify our faculty, staff and students around the new mission?
Phase I: Defining the Vision
Completed in December 2017
We were directed to accomplish this visioning process by December 1, 2017 to keep us on track toward implementing the new vision over the 2018-2019 academic year. After more than 40 meetings and input from almost 300 stakeholders, we were able to answer those questions: our unique identity is to be the translator and facilitator of scientific health-related discovery into practice. Our focus is to identify and implement solutions to the most pressing health problems of our state and our nation.
The President and the Provost applauded our initial vision and directed the Dean to lead the development of processes and procedures to take us from vision to design and then to implementation. The highlight of the Dean's meeting with President Crow and Provost Searle was that they said that what we were proposing was the most innovative college prototype they had ever seen.
- Establish our unique identity and vision - Completed (Download the Visioning Document)
Phase II: Defining the Structure
Completed in March 2018
We were humbly reminded that “the devil is in the details” and that we had to demonstrate that we understood the breadth and complexity of what we were trying to achieve. President Crow and Provost Searle told us that undertaking our proposal would be no small feat. Among other tasks, we had to recommend a budget, solidify a new and expanded structure, and develop new operational procedures. One hundred and twenty (120) committee and subcommittee meetings later, we did it! Our hard work and commitment to our new vision has enabled us to design the nuts and bolts of a new and functional College of Health Solutions.
- Recommend budget - Completed
- Solidify a new and expanded structure - Completed
- Develop new operational procedures - Completed
Phase III: Implementation
Completed in the 2018-2019 fiscal year)
In order to efficiently roll out our new structure over the next year, the Executive Visioning Team and College Leadership will be mapping out what will happen in the year ahead. Much work remains to be done. Processes that the committees developed in Phase II will be vetted and tested. We want to be able to maintain the integrity of the process we started in the fall: getting feedback from our stakeholders and incorporating that feedback into the next version. Input continues to be gathered from the leaders of the institution, from the President, the Provost, the Provost's deputies, our external (community) stakeholders, and the Deans, and faculty and staff who want to join with us to make a difference in health outcomes.
- Receive formal approval to disestablish academic units from the University Senate - Completed (Motions to disestablish academic units passed on August 27, 2018)
- Receive formal approval to disestablish academic units from the Arizona Board of Regents - Completed (Request to disestablish academic units approved unanimously on Sept. 28, 2018)
- Finalize and implement new translational team processes - Complete
- Finalize and Implement new affinity network processes - Complete
- Finalize and Implement new faculty procedures - Complete