- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Gary Schwartz has been named the founding chair for the Department of Population Health at the University of North Dakota medical school.

Schwartz was the scientific director of the Prostate Cancer Center of Excellence at the Wake Forest medical school since 1999. He also was an associate professor in cancer biology, urology, and epidemiology and prevention.

Faculty in the new department will conduct research on health and disease in populations, teach and train in public health and related disciplines, and work with other researchers, clinicians, communities and institutions.

Schwartz says he’s honored to be working on improving population health for North Dakotans.

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