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From the Dean's Desk

  • Science and the common man (or woman)

    4/24/2017 12:53:42 PM

    Dean Diez Roux reflects on Philadelphia's March for Science and the role that science can play in our society.

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  • Protecting the Environment and Protecting Health: Two Sides of the Same Coin

    3/27/2017 2:12:37 PM

    Dean Diez Roux discusses the role of science in environmental regulation.

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  • An Immigrant Perspective on Health

    2/27/2017 11:35:27 AM

    Dean Diez Roux reflects on the links between immigration and health and on what it means to be an immigrant today.

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  • Hard Times for Public Health

    1/30/2017 11:25:40 AM

    Dean Diez Roux responds to student questions about what recent changes in the US political context will mean for them and for public health.

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  • The Two Faces of Public Health

    12/19/2016 9:31:25 AM

    Science and action are the two faces of public health: each is strengthened and reinforced by the other. Facts and science can motivate and support action; effective action requires facts and the need to act motivates our search for facts.

    Today, at the end of 2016, at a time of fake news and the frequent decoupling of political discourse from truth and facts, we need to redouble our commitment to the two faces of public health: yes to action and activism, and yes also to the facts than describe reality, speak truth, and thus empower and sustain action.  

    May the year 2017 be one of renewed commitment to what we in public health, through action and facts, can do to make our societies healthier and more fulfilling for all.

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  • Public Health and the US Presidential Election

    11/14/2016 1:48:34 PM

    The recent campaign and election have created turmoil, uncertainly and anxiety among many of us, and most certainly within the public health community.

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  • The New Urban Agenda: Where Is Population Health?

    10/25/2016 9:27:18 AM

    Nearly 35,000 people came together in Quito, Ecuador to discuss the future of cities across the world. The meeting, formally the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development had as its goal the adoption of the future urban agenda for the planet.

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  • Four Big Challenges for Public Health… and for Us

    9/26/2016 1:24:00 PM

    As we begin a new academic year and welcome 153 new graduate students, 22 new undergraduate majors, and 8 new faculty to our school, it is worth taking a moment to reflect on who we are and our mission as a school of public health.

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  • Soda and Guns

    7/14/2016 9:30:51 AM

    Two important, but quite different, events over the past few weeks made me reflect on what it means to adopt a true “public health” approach to improving population health, and reminded me of the often cited quote from Rudolf Virchow, famous physician, anthropologist, pathologist and politician that “mass diseases require mass solutions”.

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