Dean's Message 2013

On May 22, one hundred twenty-two graduates earned doctoral, masters and undergraduate degrees from the School of Public Health and moved on to begin or resume careers in public health and many to continue their education and training. Congratulations to all of our graduates! This past year continued to be a busy time at the School, with enrollment of over 400 students and the entry of a second cohort of students into our fully accredited, on-line MPH program. Faculty research remains strong in the midst of a competitive grant environment. While we are not immune to the financial challenges faced by public universities, many exciting initiatives are underway including development of collaborative education opportunities that position the School of Public Health firmly at the center of public health education in the region and the state.

Working with our community partner, Capital District Physicians Health plan (CDPHP), the School of Public Health sponsored a lecture featuring health care quality expert, Dr. Atul Gawande, on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. The event, Health Care in the 21st Century: A Community Call to Action, was the first in a health forum speaker series sponsored by the School of Public Health in partnership with CDPHP. Drawing close to 800 people, the event served as the kickoff for a series of health care forums designed to bring the region’s healthcare provider organizations and professionals together with key segments, including academia, business and government, to begin discussion on the issues of quality, cost and access to care and lead to authentic community health planning in this region that will serve as a model throughout the state.

Your School of Public Health remains focused on its mission to educate the public health workforce of tomorrow, increase scientific knowledge, and serve the needs of the public.

Effort is underway to develop a brand identity for the School of Public Health, beginning with development of a brand promise statement for the school. A brand promise statement is the foundation of a brand strategy and reflects the commitment of the school on what our community should expect from us. Several potential brand promise statements have been drafted and the next step is to test these potential statements. In the next few weeks I will reach out to alumni, faculty, staff, students and community partners to ask you complete the online survey to let us know what you think of the potential brand promise statements. Thank you, in advance, for your participation…