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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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  • Coronavirus Information and Updates

    3/3/2020 11:57:00 AM

    I am writing with a few updates on the global outbreak of a novel coronavirus, which causes a respiratory illness now called COVID-19.

    Our School must lead by sharing facts, using our public health expertise to guide and support the best strategies, taking care of each other, and working together to face this new threat.

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  • Infant Mortality Among The Wichi

    2/26/2020 11:57:00 AM

    More than 30 years ago as a medical student, I traveled to a remote part of Argentina in the northern province of Salta.

    There is no better illustration of the social and economic causes of infant mortality and child deaths than the story of the Wichi people, who are original native inhabitants in the province.

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. and Public Health

    1/27/2020 11:57:00 AM

    This month I hope you take a moment to read the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and rediscover the power of words (and ideas) to challenge, guide, and inspire us as a University, as a School of Public Health, and as citizens of this world. 

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  • 2019 Highlights and Warm Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season

    12/16/2019 11:57:00 AM

    As 2019 comes to an end, we have put together a list of highlights to share some of the exciting things that have happened at the Dornsife School of Public Health over the past year.

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  • Optimism, Hope, and Public Health

    12/2/2019 11:57:31 AM

    Two recent news items, both public health-related, leave little room for optimism these days.

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  • Gridlock

    11/1/2019 11:42:22 AM

    The Dean shares her experience in Colombia.

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  • What Health as a Human Right Really Means

    10/2/2019 3:46:35 PM

    Our School embraces the conviction that population health can only be achieved when human rights are fully achieved. But what does this mean exactly?

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