Dean’s message 2023

Reflections from my first year at PHHP

From the Dean

Beth A. Virnig, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Since 2021, the college has graduated more than 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Students in our bachelor’s degree programs have a greater than 98% four-year graduation rate.

  • New graduates completing board certification exams have a more than 94% first-time pass rate.

  • PHHP students operate three equal access clinics providing free psychological, occupational therapy and physical therapy services for medically underserved members of the community.

  • New research awards at the college rose 23% to $54.8 million, spread across all the college departments. For more on this milestone, see the story in this issue.

  • The college is home to six federally funded training grants that prepare trainees for careers in research. The number of these grants puts us on par with Columbia University, the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.

  • We rank in the Top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding among schools of public health at public universities, placing us in league with institutions like UCLA and UC Berkeley.

  • Artificial intelligence has a strong and growing presence at the college, with a new and innovative certificate program available to undergraduate students and more than 20 faculty members whose work has an AI focus.