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Charting a Strategic Path

Carrying a Heavy Load

During the ’21-’22 academic year, our country faced serious public health challenges that included gun violence, infant formula shortage, forced migration and the continued strain on our health by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever, we need to: change public health policy; educate the community on timely public health issues; train future public health professionals; conduct research on 21st century public health problems; and create partnerships to address public health challenges locally, nationally and globally.

On May 25, 2022, Cheryl A.M. Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., founding dean of the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego, spoke to faculty, academics, staff and students about the accomplishments and future goals of the school during it second academic year as a school of public health during a virtual State of the School Address.

“I think about us as the kind of place where we honor an over 60-year history and strengths within public health here at UC San Diego,” said Anderson. “And we as a community have decided to boldly blaze a trail towards a thriving 21st century school of public health. I think overall, our school can be characterized as one that is growing during a difficult time globally.”

Watch the State of the School Address to hear Dean Anderson’s complete remarks.