May 2016 Dean's Note

As the school year draws to a close, we reflect on a busy and productive year at the School of Public Health. Just this past month, we held our fourth annual Public Health Research@Maryland day (which was attended by more than 400 people), celebrated the academic and service accomplishments of more than 60 of our highest acheiving undergraduate and graduate students at our annual Honors Convocation, launched a new Global Health and Culture lecture series with a talk by NPR’s Jason Beaubien, and hosted a forum on the future of health care from the perspective of our presidential candidates.  We also launched the new CONSERVE project, an ambitious new Center of Excellence funded by the USDA that will develop innovative, safe and sustainable ways to irrigate food crops in the face of climate change. And that’s only a sampling of the month’s events!

Earlier in this busy academic year, our school celebrated our successful seven-year re-accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), which affirms our school’s commitment to delivering the highest quality educational programs to prepare future public health professionals. This coming year (2017) marks our 10-year anniversary as a School of Public Health. Look for our celebration of this important milestone as we look back at our significant growth and accomplishments and plan for the next ten years!

On May 19th, 500 students will graduate at our commencement ceremony at the Xfinity Center.  SPH alumnus Andre Blackman (’05), who is CEO of Pulse + Signal, a strategy and innovation consultancy for health and healthcare, will be our commencement speaker. Graduation season is a time of great joy and optimism, and as we welcome the spring blossoms and families and friends to campus to celebrate with us, we can imagine what the future holds as students transition into their next endeavors. Perhaps like Andre Blackman, one of our students graduating this May will be back in another ten years to speak to 2026 graduates!

Best wishes for a healthy summer,

 

 

Jane E. Clark,
Professor and Dean