Report to Community 2016

A Vision Realized (2006-2016)

On March 17, 2006, the University of Alberta Board of Governors approved a new faculty. With this historic step, the School of Public Health became Canada’s first stand-alone faculty of the modern era to be dedicated to public health.

Today, the School serves more than 300 students each year with three graduate degree programs and 20 specializations, and is the alma mater for nearly 1,400 alumni. Additionally, two professional development programs are designed to equip practitioners and senior administrators with enhanced skills to advance public health.

“The School has become the national leader in public heath among major players in Canada,” Amrhein says. “It is an important source of highly qualified public health professionals for Alberta and the country.”

This is possible, in part, because we have successfully attracted remarkable faculty members across public health disciplines. They are engaged in curiosity-driven and community-driven inquiry, and are also passionate about training and mentoring students.

Accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2012 is a key milestone achieved by the School in its first 10 years. Other marks of success include preparing a cadre of graduates, developing a growing and vibrant research portfolio, and building a strong network of productive relationships across the country.

“Our programs have always been cutting edge and of very high quality,” says Hey. Today, as accreditation coordinator, she is preparing for the School’s reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2017.

The School has been built on a foundation of rigour, innovation and excellence. Over the years, visionary leaders have come and gone, but not without leaving their mark. They took up the challenge of creating knowledge and educating professionals to promote and protect the health of populations.

Now 10 years later, Amrhein thinks the School has met the expectations placed upon it.

It is no small feat to launch a new faculty. It requires a champion with vision, leaders with courage, senior administrators with commitment, and faculty and staff who pull together for the public good.

It takes much the same to succeed.

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Vice-Dean and Associate Deans 

Faith Davis
September 2013 - present 

Associate Dean (Academic)
Steve Hrudey, May 2006 - July 2008

Associate Dean (Education)
Lory Laing
February 2010 - July 2011

Ambikaipakan (Sentil) Senthilselvan
August 2011 - June 2013

Linda Carroll
July 2016 - present

Associate Dean (Research)
Cam Wild, February
2010 - August 2013

Tania Bubela
September 2014 - August 2016

Chairs and Directors 

Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences
Nicola Cherry
pre-March 2006 - August 2006

Duncan Saunders
May 2006 - June 2007 (acting); September 2007 - June 2011 

Faith Davis
January 2011 - August 2013

Director, Centre for Health Promotion Studies
Kim Raine
January 2002 - June 2008

Cam Wild
September 2008 - December 2010 (Interim)

Jane Springett
January 2011 - December 2015 

Director, Injury Prevention Centre [formerly, Alberta Centre for Injury Control Research]
Louis Francescutti
1997 - November 2006

Don Voaklander
March 2008 - present