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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