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UIC SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Dean’s Welcome

It is truly an honor to serve as the Dean at the UIC School of Public Health (UIC SPH) beginning September 1, 2017.  While I am new to the role, I have over 25 years of public health experience and over 20 years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At UIC SPH, we are dedicated to excellence in protecting and improving the health and well-being of the people not only in the metropolitan Chicago area and the State of Illinois, but across the nation and throughout the world. We work to educate scientists, professionals and the public; conduct research to develop solutions to public health problems; provide public health service; and formulate public health policy.

For nearly 50 years, UIC SPH has been offering outstanding courses and research opportunities in all areas of public health. We remain the only fully accredited school in the state of Illinois, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate programs and non-degree continuing education opportunities to students and professionals practicing in the field.  Our students benefit from a diverse, accomplished faculty while learning and working in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. We prioritize real world application by translating our knowledge into action and our compassion into results.

As public health plays an increasingly critical role in today's society, the innovative research and inspiring achievements at UIC SPH have become part of local, national and international conversation.  My passion is educating the next generation of public health leaders, and I look forward to continuing health and well-being of the City of Chicago, the state of Illinois, and the world.

Sincerely,

Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS

Dean

 

UIC School of Public Health Statement on Separating Families During Border Enforcement

It is our mission as public health professionals to advance and improve the health and well-being of all people, and in particular the most vulnerable and marginalized.  In light of these commitments, we feel obliged to speak out about the policy recently implemented by the U.S. government of forcibly separating children from their parents as a strategy for border enforcement.  Many of these families are seeking refuge from the trauma of life in war-torn and violence-ridden countries. Others are fleeing domestic abuse and hoping for asylum in the United States.  It is the definition of cruelty and injustice to add to this suffering by ripping frightened, traumatized children (including infants and toddlers) from the arms of their parents and warehousing them in prison-like settings. Both parents and children are at increased risk of adverse outcomes as a result of such trauma.  Hundreds of scientific studies over decades have established unequivocally that traumatic events negatively impact mental and physical health, short and long-term.   Young children are especially vulnerable and are likely to experience problems such as anxiety, depression and learning difficulties. No country that prides itself on “liberty and justice for all” should knowingly inflict such extreme harm on already traumatized and victimized people. This inhumane treatment is incompatible with our values as Americans and public health professionals. We in the leadership of the UIC School of Public Health join our colleagues in the American Public Health Association, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and other health professions organizations in calling on the U.S. government to cease tearing immigrant families apart. We also encourage readers to make their voices heard by contacting their elected representatives regarding this important issue.

 

Wayne H. Giles, Dean

Linda Forst
Senior Associate Dean

Susan Altfeld, Associate Dean
Academic Affairs

Nadine Peacock, Associate Dean
Diversity and Inclusion

Jackie Finch, Associate Dean
Finance and Resource Planning

John Slavick, Assistant Dean
Student Affairs

Karin Opacich, Assistant Dean
Undergraduate Public Health

Arden Handler
Mentoring Facilitator

Ron Hershow, Director
Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPI-BIO)
 

 

Griselle Torres, Director
Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice

Alyson Lofthouse, Senior Associate Director
Global Health Program

Julie Kong, Director
Research Services

Frank Cervone, Director
Information Technology

Jesus Ramirez-Valles, Director
Community Health Sciences (CHS)

Samuel Dorevitch, Director
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS)

Lisa Powell, Director
Health Policy and Administration (HPA)

Patrick Lenihan, Director
Doctorate in Public Health Leadership (DrPH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President's Executive Order on Immigrants and Refugees

At the core of our mission as the School of Public Health, is our commitment to justice, community, idealism, caring, diversity, respect and humility. The recent Presidential Executive Order to ban immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries is starkly contradictory to our values in the School of Public Health and to the principles of religious and civil liberties on which our nation was founded. For all who have traveled from abroad to study and work at our University, and those of you who are not directly affected by this executive order, but are anxious and fearful about additional changes to immigration policies, please know that we cherish the contributions and richness that your presence brings to the School of Public Health and the fulfillment of our mission. Amid the chaos created by recent Executive actions, we wish to express in the strongest possible terms, our commitment to protect the rights of all members of the School of Public Health family, and we vow to work with allies in the University and the broader community to restore and protect your rights. Faculty and staff in the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as well as the Ombudsperson and Interim Dean will all have our doors open to listen to your concerns and do what we can to help you address them. We are pleased the University of Illinois System and UIC administrations are closely tracking events as they develop, assessing the impact on our communities, and assembling needed resources. In closing, we reiterate the statement of President Killeen and other U of I System leadership that “our international community is a vital part of our excellence and reflects our steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion, global engagement and impact in today’s society.”

 

Wayne H. Giles
Dean

Susan Altfeld
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Nadine Peacock
Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion

Geri Donenberg
Associate Dean, Research

Lisa Brosseau
SPH Ombudsperson

Richard Sewell
Associate Dean, Community and Public Health Practice

Jackie Finch
Associate Dean, Finance and Resource Planning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Semitic Acts at UIC

We are saddened that UIC has appeared in the news recently not because of the stellar contributions and achievements of our diverse and talented faculty, students and staff, but rather because of offensive anti-Semitic posters found on campus. As campus leadership recently highlighted, “Much of the vitality of our campus is because of the diversity of thought and perspectives that exist here. The same laws that allow for that vitality also allow for speech that can be offensive and create discomfort and even fear.”

We at the School of Public Health remain committed to the free exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives, but we condemn bigotry and hatred in the strongest possible terms. We reaffirm our community’s core values of inclusivity, mutual tolerance, respect, and justice, and stand united in declaring that “Hate has no home here.”

 

Wayne H. Giles
Dean

Susan Altfeld
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Nadine Peacock
Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion

Geri Donenberg
Associate Dean, Research

 

Lisa Brosseau
SPH Ombudsperson

Richard Sewell
Associate Dean, Community and Public Health Practice

Jackie Finch
Associate Dean, Finance and Resource Planning

Alyson Lofthouse
Senior Associate Director for Global Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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