Dean Brandt-Rauf Concludes Service to UIC SPH
After serving as the dean of the UIC School of Public Heath since 2008, Paul Brandt-Rauf, DrPH, MD, ScD, will conclude his tenure as the school’s sixth dean in January 2017.
“After long and difficult deliberation, I have reluctantly decided that this will be my last year as dean,” said Brandt-Rauf. “In my time here, the school has grown, improved and achieved great things. However, in order to sustain and build on this progress, I believe that it is time for a change in leadership. With the continued great work of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters and partners, a new dean will bring a fresh perspective and ideas that will insure our upward trajectory and even greater impact on the health of the populations that we serve.”
Under his leadership, the school has expanded existing programs and launched vital new academic, research and service programs. The School has established an innovative undergraduate program in public health, launched a new integrated core curriculum in the master’s program in public health, and instituted an online doctoral program for practicing professionals.
Brandt-Rauf also oversaw the successful recruitment of many talented and outstanding new faculty, including a significant increase in underrepresented minority faculty, who are making major contributions to the teaching and research. UIC School of Public Health now perennially ranks as one of UIC’s highest for research dollars per faculty member and is in the top ten nationally among schools of public health for this metric.
Over the past nine years, Brandt-Rauf oversaw the growth in the number of educational, research, and service partnership in Chicago, across Illinois and nationally. Relationships with local and state agencies have been strengthened; a training program with the Peace corps was initiated; the school’s acclaimed AIDS prevention programs in Africa and violence prevention programs in the inner city have been significantly expanded; and a new Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice was established. Most especially, the School’s Global Health Programs have grown tremendously over the years and currently involve over 70 partners in 44 countries.
Brandt-Rauf will be moving back to the east coast to be closer to family where he will join the faculty at Drexel University. He will serve as the inaugural Dean of the School of Biomedical Engineering Science and Health Systems and Distinguished University Professor. An interim dean for the UIC School of Public Health will be named soon and a national search for Brandt-Rauf’s replacement will take place to insure a smooth transition.
“When I came to UIC, I knew that I would find a special group of people with similar perspectives and passions about what academic public health could be. I have grown to love this school and University, and feel that it is like a second family to me. I look forward to remaining a member of the UIC SPH family and a loyal and passionate supporter of the school and its mission.”