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First Day for New School of Public Health Dean

UAlbany welcomes Dean Holtgrave to the School of Public Health. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 1, 2018) – The School of Public Health officially welcomes its new dean, David R. Holtgrave, who begins his tenure at UAlbany this week.

Holtgrave is the former chair of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins University and also served as director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV/AIDS research and support division. Holtgrave has devoted his career to addressing public health challenges, with a main focus on HIV prevention and ensuring care and stable housing for people living with HIV.

Holtgrave’s expertise is particularly important in the Capital Region, as the Times Union reported last week that the area has seen more of an increase in HIV and other STDs than in any other part of the state.

Holtgrave has ambitious plans to build on the success of the School of Public Health and has hit the ground running, representing the School at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s Annual Meeting in Virginia this week.

“By working closely with the Department of Health and the Wadsworth Laboratories, the School of Public Health is poised to have a significant health impact in New York State and beyond,” said Holtgrave. “We have numerous opportunities in front of us that will revolutionize the curriculum and give students even more direct experiential learning practice, making the next generation of public health leaders prepared to truly make a difference.”

Provost James R. Stellar announced dean Holtgrave’s appointment in November, saying “David is a nationally prominent researcher and academic leader with strong management expertise. His appointment will further propel the expansion of our health sciences enterprise. We welcome him with great enthusiasm.”

In addition to his role as dean, Holtgrave will also serve as a professor of health policy and behavior and a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor.

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