Message from the Dean

Summer 2019

Craig Blakely photoI generally share some thoughts in our newsletters for the entire SPHIS community. However, having just graduated our largest class ever, I thought it would be appropriate to address our newest alumni directly:

What an exciting time. A significant goal achieved, a great deal accomplished, several lasting friendships, a new professional network—and hopefully a job or an invitation to another degree program.

We need public health professionals now more than ever. Apply your skills, but also take advantage of your elevated status in your community, wherever that may be. Engaging in the local political arena is also a public/population health activity.

At orientation, I typically suggest that each one of you aggressively seek to take everything from us you can during your relatively short stay at UofL. Gain all the knowledge you can, learn new processes and tools for navigating the world around us, but have some fun along the way as well.

Whether you now possess a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree, your chosen career path is likely to require a good deal of life-long learning. Remember UofL as a potential source of some of that continuing investment.

Also, remember that we too are proud of your accomplishments to date and are equally excited about what lies ahead. No doubt you will make significant contributions in many arenas—perhaps in areas you have not even anticipated. We would like to hear regularly about your professional activities, your accomplishments, and your new opportunities. Please keep in touch and make certain we know how to send you updates about UofL and the School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

Go Cards!

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Dr. Craig Blakely

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