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Welcome to The Dean's Office

Dean's Message - August 2013
Dean - Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS

At the USF College of Public Health we are busy preparing for summer graduation and to welcome our new students. The good work we do at the College and in public health never stops. We have redesigned our orientation and will be unveiling several new social and learning opportunities for our entire College community. Our marketing campaign focused around our new brand “Our Practice is our Passion” continues and our strategic efforts to transform our MPH degree are in full swing. A newly designed DrPH program will be unveiled this year as well as several new certificates. We have just signed our second agreement with a local community college for a 2+2 program (AA to BSPH) and we are soon to welcome our 1,000th undergraduate major. As always, this College responds to the expressed needs of its community – you!

Speaking of you, we hope you will visit us and take advantage of the many opportunities for learning that we offer. Our guest lectures are always open to the public as are many of our volunteer opportunities. Our faculty are always available to speak to your organization or group or to partner with you in assessing and tackling the health concerns you face in your community. From the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to new remedies for malaria infection, our scholars cross the globe seeking solutions to our greatest public health challenges. Our students have spent their summer working, learning and practicing their passions from Malaysia to Nicaragua, from Costa Rica to Tanzania. Locally, our students are assisting local health agencies in designing new health systems, preparing for accreditation and implementing health promotion interventions.

You can learn more about the College on our website or by following us on Facebook. Of course we would always welcome a visit! Public health is your health and your chance to make a difference in your world . . . come join us to learn how you can practice your passion!

Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH

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