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ABOUT SPH

About SPH

UIC SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Interim Dean’s Welcome

It is my honor to serve as the Interim Dean at the UIC School of Public Health (UIC SPH) beginning February 1, 2017.  While I am new to this role, I am not new to UIC SPH.  As a Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, my expertise is in occupational safety and health.  From 1999 to 2015, I led the school’s Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center (ERC) and have been the school’s Senior Associate Dean since 2012. 

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 45 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 my work to improve the school’s curriculum, increasing research funding, and expanding outreach programs into the community.

Sincerely,

Lorraine M. Conroy, ScD, CIH
Interim Dean

 

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.”

 

Lorraine M Conroy
Interim 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.”

 

Lorraine M Conroy
Interim 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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