Dean Lynn R. Goldman
A Message from the Dean
I am delighted you are interested in the Milken Institute School of Public Health. We have come a long way in 22 short years, growing our student body, increasing our research enterprise, launching new online master’s degrees; advanced PhD programs in behavioral sciences, health policy and epidemiology; and expanded BS programs, including our new program in public health nutrition. This week we learn we are now the #12 school of public health in the world, according to the 2019 U.S. News and World Report Rankings. Further, our stellar Masters of Health Administration program also rose to #12! I couldn’t be more proud of our faculty, students, staff and alumni who have worked so hard to help us continue to progress and grow into a top-rated school of public health. This is a testament not only to our hard work and excellence but also to the respect that we have earned among our peers. It is no secret that public health is facing daunting challenges, but we are a school on the rise and are more than ready to meet these challenges.
Through our cutting-edge research in prevention and wellness conducted in state-of-the-art facilities in Washington, DC, we’re addressing current, emerging and future challenges in public health from AIDS, antibiotic resistance, health of women and girls, natural disasters, health inequities, malaria vaccines, global nutrition, air pollution, climate change, and obesity. In fact, the DC Center for AIDs Research has recently been cited by top experts at NIH and CDC as a model for using community-based care in the battle against HIV/AIDs. Never before has our health care system been so challenged to develop innovative approaches to health policy and managing health systems. We have been recruiting top investigators, researchers, policy experts and educators to teach our students, conduct our research, and inform national and international scientific health policy.
Looking to the future of public health, it will take real leaders who embody courage, intellect and action to navigate this field. It will take rigorous and fearless research, advocacy and interventions to determine how best to serve the health of our society so that we can address the underlying social and environmental determinants of health while working to make the delivery of health care more equitable and accessible to all. We must never stop growing and evolving for that is the hallmark of true leadership and excellence. Thank you to all who have helped grow this school. I am proud of the public health community and fellowship we have built, and I feel certain our best years are yet to come. Raise high the buff and blue!
In 2010, world-renowned epidemiologist, pediatrician, educator and former EPA regulator Lynn R. Goldman was named dean of Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, formerly known as the School of Public Health and Health Services. In 2014, after the school's name change, she was named the Michael and Lori Milken Dean. In 2010, GW President Steven Knapp noted, “With her breadth of experience in the field of children’s environmental health, public health practice and chemical regulatory policy, as well as her distinguished career in government, Dr. Lynn Goldman is ideally suited to lead our rapidly emerging public health school." Dean Goldman is a leading authority on many public health issues and offers her insights and point of view in an on-going series of blog posts for the Huffington Post. Stay up to date by following Dean Goldman on Twitter.