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Message from the Dean
Our undergraduate program is off to a good start, as we brought in about 50 students to this new program of study. Some of these students are upper classmen who are already taking public health classes. A number are freshmen who discovered us during their application process. We are extremely pleased with this number of students joining our program.
The instructional model we are using in the undergraduate public health program is also a point of pride. The curriculum, which integrates the disciplines and uses critical thinking skills as its foundation, has been well received by the inaugural cohort of students. The efforts of a small cadre of dedicated cross-disciplinary faculty members and instructors have made this possible. This renewed focus on teaching and learning is exciting to witness. It raises the bar for public health instruction within the school and may ultimately hold implications for broader curricular reform. Stay tuned!.
On the research front, I am pleased to note that SPHIS faculty members are playing a substantial role in the reformulation of a new IDEA CTSA proposal with the medical school. This project, when funded, could be transformational in the clinical research world at the UofL Health Science Center. We are excited to play a central role in several of the core areas supported by this major grant.
Finally, our partnership with Kentucky One Health will soon produce another exciting new investment in our research and academic infrastructure.
Have a wonderful fall semester. Go Cards!
Craig H. Blakely, PhD, MPH
Dean, School of Public Health and Information Sciences