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About SPH


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.


Lorraine M. Conroy, ScD, CIH
Interim Dean

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