Dean, School of Public Health - University of Alberta

18 Oct 2017 10:06 AM | Anonymous

Location: 3-300 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, 11405 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9

The University of Alberta invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, School of Public Health. The appointment, for an initial five-year term, beings July 1, 2018.  This is an exceptional opportunity to build upon a strong foundation and to provide leadership to a rapidly growing School positioned to meet demand for relevant research and highly trained leaders in public health. 

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean is responsible for leading all aspects of the School’s operations, including budget and fund development, fostering an environment in which world-leading research and excellence in teaching and engaged scholarship flourish.   

The successful candidate will possess an earned doctorate, will be appointed to a continuing position at the rank of full Professor, and have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement as well as progressive and relevant experience providing outstanding senior academic and administrative leadership. As the leader of a diverse, growing School, the Dean must demonstrate a collaborative, strategic, consensus oriented approach and have exceptional people leadership and administrative management skills.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to serve in an important leadership role at one of Canada’s top universities.  To learn more, please contact Danielle Conn or Cameron Geldart at 604.926.0005. To apply, please forward a letter of introduction, an up-to-date CV as well as a list of three references, in confidence, to

To view the full version of the role advertisement, please click here or visit the ad posting on the University of Alberta website at

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Letter to the Listener 28 July 2017 in response to Fever Pitch (Listener 21 July 2017)

Catherine Woulfe’s thorough investigation of rheumatic fever brings to the surface a range of important questions not only about this cruel disease, but also wider issues about health policy. The Government’s bold initiative to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever as one of its 'Better Public Service' targets in 2012 certainly raised awareness of rheumatic fever for the general public as well as communities and families directly affected. But even when medical science and the public have a clearer understanding of the immediate causes of rheumatic fever, interventions like the $65m ‘sore throats matter’ still won’t stop the epidemic. 

Ramona Tiatia’s blunt description of the experience of affected families not only painted a picture of the impact on affected families and communities, it also highlighted the invidious choices our health funders face.  How much should we prioritise health spending between response to the urgent need of young people whose lives and potential can be devastated by the disease versus the expense of addressing the economic and social factors that underlie the reasons we have this epidemic at all?   

As several of the clinicians interviewed pointed out, it’s only when the poverty and over-crowded housing issues are addressed that we will make a real difference.

Rheumatic fever illustrates the contradictions in our health system identified in the recent American Commonwealth Fund report. Of the 11 countries the Fund monitors, the work our health professionals do is ranked among the highest. But our overall performance as a health system falls to the middle ranking because of our poor performance on access and equity. The Fund also notes that our per capita expenditure is among the cheapest. 

Failure to invest in real prevention - that is, poverty, housing, good nutrition etc. - will continue to drive conditions like rheumatic fever, whether the immediate cause is strep throat or skin sores, until we invest upstream.

Why not spend more on these conditions - the economic and social determinants of health? 

We all pay in the long run - the young people whose misery we tolerate and whose potential remains unfulfilled, the families whose sacrifices are unrewarded, and the taxpayer who picks up the tab.

Ngā mihi,
Warren Lindberg

CE Public Health Association of New Zealand


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