The University of Rhode Island has taken a rare step to create a new college focused on health care. They're calling it the College of Health Sciences and say it will join together programs like physical therapy, sports science, gerontology and psychology.
The university plans to hire a new dean to lead the new College of Health Sciences, which will join the colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing under the umbrella of an Academic Health Collaborative.
URI officials say the goal is to promote better collaboration between researchers and address challenges and changes in health care, like the effort to improve primary care. The three colleges will share some administrative support and join forces for an Institute for Integrated Health Innovation, a research institute focused on new ideas and models for health care and new products and inventions.