Category Archives: The Dean’s Perspective

How Can Schools of Public Health Provide Surge Capacity?

by Jay Maddock, PhD The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. Over the last month, we have witnessed catastrophic hurricane landfalls in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Here in College Station, Texas, we waited out three feet of rain from Hurricane Harvey while we watched as our nearest city,

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Change

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality.  Let things flow naturally in whatever way they like.” –Lao Tzu The end of summer and

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Gemütlichkeit

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. I had the good fortune to travel to Austria earlier this month. Our school has a technical assistance contract with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and has developed an exchange agreement with the Medical University

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Skills for Public Health Graduates

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. As May comes around every year, our thoughts in academia turn to graduation.  Another class of our students has finished its degrees and is heading out into the world. Many of them are looking for jobs. Like most

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New Measures of Academic Impact

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. Recently, I published an article in an online publication called The Conversation. This outlet consists of scientific articles for lay audiences written by scientists. I wrote an article examining whether parks in the United States should be

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Make a Public Health Resolution

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. One of the benefits of being in academia is the cycle of beginnings and endings. As the fall semester draws to a close, we know that we will be turning in final grades, graduating students, and

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Creating a National Dialogue Around Public Health Issues

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. As our national election season comes to a close, it is time to reflect on the way that public health issues have been portrayed and how we can move forward as a nation, building on common ground

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The Executive-in-Residence: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

by Jay E. Maddock, PhD, FAAHB The Dean’s Perspective focuses on issues pertinent to the relationship between academic public health and the practice community. This month we hired our first Executive-in-Residence for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M. Mr. Dennis Johnson joined us part-time after a long, distinguished career as a health and safety officer in

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