When I began my appointment as dean of the School of Public Health in August 2013, I was humbled by the honour, but also awed by the tremendous responsibilities that awaited me.
I remember thinking then, as I do now, that the strength of the University of Alberta’s newest faculty is in its community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, partners and supporters. Together they contribute to developing and sustaining an institution of education, research and service that is at the forefront of public health in Canada.
In 2006, the University of Alberta was the first stand-alone school of public health to be established in Canada in the modern era. My predecessors Roger Palmer, Sylvie Stachenko and Lory Laing laid the foundation of the School, and in the 10 years since its birth, our School of Public Health has accomplished much. Achieving accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health is strong evidence of our commitment to excellence.
In this Report to the Community we attempt to highlight some of the many activities engaged in by members of our community.
My colleagues and I pledge to pursue our vision and mission and uphold our values. By advancing and translating knowledge, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders in public health, we hope ultimately to improve the health of the people of Canada and beyond. It begins with us. It begins here.
Professor and Dean
School of Public Health