We are once again settling into the rhythm of a new semester and a new academic year, framed within significant strategic planning activities at the university. Later this year the School of Public Health will be embarking on our own strategic planning efforts, and we’ll be calling on all of our many constituents, alumni and friends to have a voice. In the meantime, we have already begun to look at metrics that help us evaluate where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go. I am struck by the remarkable and dynamic growth trajectory of our school and want to share a few highlights:
- This Fall we are pleased to welcome new students into our four undergraduate majors, bringing our total majors to 2,300, which is double the number of students we had 10 years ago.
- Our popular Public Health Science major, expanded to the College Park campus from the Shady Grove campus last year, has attracted many excellent new students to the school. At the time of this newsletter, more than 450 students are enrolled in this program alone, with 75% of them on the College Park campus!
- We also welcomed a diverse class of 120 new graduate students, who hail from 22 different countries, which brings our graduate student body to more than 300, an increase of more than 35% over the past 10 years.
- The School of Public Health now offers 25 different academic degrees and programs, including three new Master of Public Health concentrations in Health Equity (the first of its kind in the nation), Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation, and Physical Activity.
Growth in our student body and program offerings has also meant growth in our faculty numbers. We’ve recruited several new faculty members to help lead and teach in these and other graduate programs, including Assistant Professors Dylan Roby (Health Services Administration) and Jennifer Roberts (Kinesiology), Assistant Research Professors Negin Fouladi (Health Services Administration) and Juliette Christie (Behavioral and Community Health), and Lecturer Joanne Klossner (Kinesiology). We also welcome new staff, including Elly Brtva, assistant dean for development, and Jen Sanderson, coordinator for Health Services Administration. Read more about our new faculty here. Our growth doesn’t stop here, however; we are currently seeking several new faculty members and senior leaders, with other searches to launch this year. Please refer to the current postings on our website and on the university’s careers website and share with colleagues as appropriate.
We have many events going on this year for students, faculty, staff, alumni and all our friends and I invite you to connect and join us for as many as you can. Visit our events calendar on our website, but here are a few not to miss:
- APHA conference in Chicago, Illinois: we will host a UMD SPH reception on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 from 6-8 PM in conjunction with the annual American Public Health Association conference. Please view details and RSVP to attend.
- Second Annual SPH Alumni Tailgate: Nov. 7, 2015 from 12-3 PM. Please register to attend.
- Public Health Grand Rounds with Dean Schillinger, M.D.: Seeing the Bigger Picture in Diabetes Prevention, Wednesday Nov. 4, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
- Public Health Grand Rounds with Dan Fagin, author of Tom’s River, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, from 3-5 PM.
- 4th Annual Public Health Research @ Maryland Day: Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Save the date and look for details to appear on our website.
Wishing you a healthy and productive fall semester!
Jane E. Clark, PhD
Professor and Dean