The Institute for Public Health Practice promotes the linkage between the academic and service activities of the University of Iowa College of Public Health with public health practitioners at the local, state, and federal levels. Special emphasis is placed on assuring maximum practitioner participation in College educational programs, developing effective practice site relationships, and supporting communities through technical assistance and research.

Established in 1999, the Institute has developed as a central point of coordination for several related but distinct programs, projects, and center The Midwestern Public Health Training Center. At the heart of these endeavors is the goal of enhancing the public health workforce in Iowa and the Upper Midwest through competency-based training and community-focused collaborations.

The Institute and its centers deliver training programs across Iowa in collaboration with state and local public health agencies; nursing, medical, pharmacy, and hospital associations; emergency management and public safety agencies; state universities and community colleges; and the University Hygienic Laboratory, which serves as the official state public health laboratory. Partnerships with Nebraska and South Dakota have also been established, extending connections across state borders to amplify workforce development.