Dean's Office

Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH
Donna J. Petersen

Dean's Message

The USF College of Public Health is under construction in more ways than one as we prepare to welcome everyone to campus for the start of the 2018 Fall Semester. There are three important renovations underway that I’d like to tell you about.

The first is literally a renovation . . . of our lobby and common spaces on the first floor, the computer labs and several office suites on the second floor. We are looking forward to a fresh new look for the College right when you walk in the front door. We love to make a great first impression!

The second has to do with a renovation of our organizational structure. We are excited to start the new year re-affirmed as a strong and dedicated faculty of public health, re-aligned around our degree and concentration offerings, our research foci and areas of strategic importance to public health, and re-energized to creatively take on public’s health greatest challenges. We are updating all avenues of communication, including this web site, to reflect these changes. Stay tuned for frequent updates and for special announcements of upcoming events and new ways to engage. We’ll do our best to help you find your way to getting your questions answered, meeting your needs and achieving your goals.

The third are the renovations related to accreditation. We are soon to be submitting our final self-study to the Council on Education for Public Health for our fifth accreditation review and preparing to welcome the site visit team on October 24, 2018. We have made quite a few creative and substantive changes to our curricula, our evaluation and assessment procedures, and the services we provide to students, all designed to promote the highest quality educational experience. The self-study will be available for comment and we encourage you to check it out, give us your honest feedback and participate in this important quality improvement mechanism.

It may be dusty for a few more weeks but when we’re done with all of these renovations we will be a stronger, bolder, better College for everyone in our public health community.

Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH
Welcome from Dean Peterson