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From the Dean's Desk

The monthly Dean's message to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our community provides updates on the school, reflects on our school's mission, and offers a personal take on what we in public health—through both action and facts—can do to make our societies healthier and more equitable for all.

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  • Summer Reading

    7/31/2020 9:09:00 AM

    During these uncertain times, reading can not only be educational, it can provide an opportunity for some necessary reflection. 

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  • The Systems That Drive Health

    6/30/2020 2:13:00 PM

    Addressing the fundamental causes of the profound and pervasive health inequities that we see by social class and race in our societies requires a systemic approach: an approach that acts on the “structure and policies” of our society.

    Inequities in health have been and continue to be today powerful motivators for social change. There are many things we can do as a school of public health to make visible the links, to show how systems operate and what their health implications are.

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  • The Pandemic Meets Foundations of Epidemiology

    4/29/2020 2:13:08 PM

    One of the many remarkable aspects of the times we are living through is the frequent discussion in the press and among the public of basic epidemiologic concepts that are usually relegated to abstract discussions in public health courses.

    Perhaps the greatest hope is that these discussions will ultimately reinforce the fact that public health is par excellence a government responsibility critical to the health of all of us.

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  • For Everything That Comes Next, Public Health Will Be Critical

    4/20/2020 11:57:00 AM

    Our School is actively engaged in many activities including getting information out through our webinar series, supporting the health department, participating in national and global discussions about the pandemic, analyzing data to characterize how the pandemic is evolving and who it is affecting, and advocating for the core public health and equity-oriented approach.

    These are hard times for all of us, for students, faculty, research teams and staff. We should all take care of ourselves and seek balance. But we are still moving forward, and we have a lot to learn, and a lot to think about and a lot to do. Our focus and expertise are necessary today like never before.

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  • Is There a Silver Lining to the Pandemic?

    3/30/2020 11:57:00 AM

    Some of the radical changes we are making—what they are showing us about what we can do together and the impact we can have on our society and our world—hold lessons for what is possible in a world after COVID-19.

    Will we learn that there is perhaps a different way of living in cities? Imagine a city with no cars, less pollution, and simply more beauty. Imagine a society that comes together routinely to support the most vulnerable as a matter of principle and not exception. Imagine leveraging all our intelligence and all the power of our social organization to make this happen.

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  • Coronavirus Information and Updates III

    3/20/2020 11:57:00 AM

    I hope you are all keeping calm, and safe, and connected to each other in these challenging and unprecedented times.

    The more I talk to people the more I realize how much need there is for a calm, rational message that explains what is happening with all its uncertainties, but that also highlights what we can do.

    Other countries have managed to stop the spread of this virus, using the tried and true public health approach. We can too. We as a public health community have a lot to contribute.

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  • Coronavirus Information and Updates II

    3/16/2020 11:57:00 AM

    As you know by now, our School in accordance with Drexel University policies is transitioning to remote work and all exams and classes have been transferred online for the spring term.

    These are difficult times. It is important that do our best to operate based on evidence and not fear. A silver lining is that, as has often been noted, crisis situations often bring out the best in humanity. I can already see this in our community.

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