Message from the Dean

August 2017

Welcome to the 2018 Academic Year!

Early statistics identify public health as one of only three colleges at UofL experiencing growth at both the undergraduate- and graduate-level. I attribute this to our outstanding faculty and staff and to the exciting new degree offerings coming into play. These include master’s degrees in health administration, health data analytics, and our newest MPH concentrations in global health and health policy. 

We also have an array of new research and service projects underway that will introduce innovative research into the classroom and provide research experience for students at all levels.

  • SPHIS has the only National Institutes of Health (NIH) project looking at the impact of coal ash on youth development? Ask Dr. Zierold.
  • We have one of only six Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) youth violence prevention research centers operating in the country?Ask Dr. Wendel.
  • UofL just became the seventh university to join the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) working closely with hospitals and health plans across the country to improve their operations and clinical services? Ask Dr. Johnson. 

The school welcomed four colleagues in new faculty positions over the summer. Tim Wiemken joined the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health—you will find him standing at his desk on the second floor in our downtown Health Science Center building. Sarah Moyer, the newly appointed director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, has a faculty appointment in the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences (HMSS). David Johnson transitioned from a postdoctoral position with the undergraduate program to a new faculty position in the HMSS. Not to worry, he will remain heavily involved in the undergraduate program. Finally, Rebekah Robinson joined the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics and has a joint appointment in the School of Medicine. She will be working with her SPHIS colleagues preparing new online instructional programs.

Although the university has had a challenging summer, and there are still a few bumps in the road ahead, I am convinced we are about to turn the corner. We are getting back to more normal times on campus.  In fact, there has never been a better time to pursue a degree in public health. Now, more than ever, we need to produce science-based information that can guide policy. We need future public health leaders to address the ever-changing political climate and turmoil for the health and safety of the world’s population. Thank you all for being a part of the solution. 





Craig H. Blakely, PhD, MPH
Dean, School of Public Health and Information Sciences

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