Dean's Corner

Kue YoungWelcome to the website of the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Ten years ago, under the visionary leadership of the University of Alberta Board of Governors, the School of Public Health became a new, standalone faculty at the University of Alberta.

I hope you will learn much about our School: the excellence of our faculty, staff and students; the quality of our educational programs; the global reach and impact of our research projects; and our engagement and partnership with diverse communities and organizations.

I have been dean of the School of Public Health since August 2013. I consider this a leadership role not only at the University of Alberta, but in Canadian public health.

Across Canada, there is now a resurgence of public interest in public health, accompanied by a rapid growth, and indeed proliferation, of schools and programs of public health. Schools of hygiene had existed in Canada since the 1920s, but by the 1970s their influence had waned and they became absorbed into faculties of medicine.

In 2006, the University of Alberta was the first to re-establish a free-standing school of public health, a tribute to the vision of its academic leaders. In the short time since its inception, the School has already achieved the goal of accreditation by the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH). While a couple of master of public health programs in Canada are accredited, no other school of public health has been accredited by CEPH to date.

As you browse our website, I invite you to read clear statements of our vision, mission, values, strategic goals and objectives. We strive to become the leading school of public health in Canada—the most sought after school for education, research and advice on public policy and practice.

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