I am thrilled to begin this new academic year with you all in my new role as permanent dean. A warm welcome to all of our new and returning students and to the eleven new faculty and staff joining us this fall. Our School continues to grow, with our current enrollment reaching over 920 students and our largest ever incoming classes for our Master of Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs. We have two new academic programs enrolling this academic year—a graduate certificate in Maternal and Child Health and a fully online Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavior. Additionally, the School of Public Health is committed to investing in the expansion of our graduate certificate offerings to meet the growing needs of our students and the local public health workforce. In the year ahead, the School of Public Health will engage in a formal strategic planning process to articulate our School’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities. More details on this will be shared within the coming weeks. Last fall, I announced the establishment of a school-wide Diversity Council, chaired by Dr. Kim Ramsey-White, to lead the development and implementation of strategies to promote a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming environment that reflects the values of our school community. For updates on these efforts, helpful resources, and upcoming events, I invite you to visit our Diversity Council’s new webpage.
The COVID-19 global pandemic continues to be a concern. The more contagious Delta variant has significantly changed the pandemic’s trajectory, causing a rapid increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, nationally. Currently, Georgia is among the states with the highest total number and proportion of cases and hospitalizations. Georgia State University has outlined policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 in accordance with University System of Georgia (USG) directives. As Dean, I have received feedback from our faculty and students expressing concerns about these directives and disappointment with the lack of alternate modalities offered for the delivery of courses—especially for students who have requested a virtual option for in-person classes. I share your concerns and disappointment. Students are the very reason we have a university—your needs should be prioritized and we should be responsive to your feedback. Given a choice, our faculty would gladly accommodate requests for virtual options for in-person classes. This, however, is not an option faculty have been given based on the USG directives. I have shared the feedback that I have received with our university leadership, and I will continue to make the case for implementation of scientifically supported COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Thanks to all of you who have spoken out on this important matter.
During these unprecedented times, I hope that we can continue to find support and strength from one another. As we are mindful of devastation and suffering in our global community, let us keep Haiti and Afghanistan in our hearts and minds, doing what we can to care for each other.
Wishing each of you a healthy and successful semester.
Rodney Lyn, Ph.D., MS
Dean and Professor
The School of Public Health welcomed 927 new and returning students and scholars from 45 countries for the Fall 2021 semester, including the largest incoming Master of Public Health class and largest incoming Graduate Certificate in Public Health class.
Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)
- 446 students
- Countries represented: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, India, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Sudan, United States and Vietnam
Master of Public Health (MPH)
- 318 students
- Countries represented: Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, and United States
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
- 40 students
- Countries represented: India, Nigeria and United States
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (PhD)
- 49 students
- Countries represented: Georgia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Taiwan, Uganda, United States and Vietnam
Graduate Certificate Programs
- 74 students
- Countries represented: Canada, Costa Rica, Lithuania and United States
The School of Public Health welcomed 13 new and returning international Fulbright Scholars representing 13 countries for the Fall 2021 semester.
- 4 Health Management & Policy concentrations
- 4 Health Promotion & Behavior concentrations
- 5 Epidemiology & Biostatistics concentrations
- Countries represented: Afghanistan, Albania, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Mali, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Ukraine
The Fulbright Program offers international educational and cultural exchange programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach, or pursue important research and professional projects. The School of Public Health has welcomed over 85 international Fulbright Scholars since 2006.
NEW FACULTY & STAFF
- Kate Baule, Program Coordinator, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- Anastasia Carter, Research Associate, Population Health Sciences
- Dr. Kevin Maloney, Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences
- Nicole Mullican, Project Coordinator, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- Beth Pollak, Research Associate, Prevention Research Center
- Michelle Quintero, Bilingual Behavior Specialist, Center for Leadership in Disability
- Sonia Sanchez-Alvarez, Research Coordinator, Center for Leadership in Disability
- Jalissa Shealey, Research Associate, Population Health Sciences
- Dr. Lia Scott, Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences
- Darien Todd, Community Advocate Specialist, Center for Leadership in Disability
- Dr. Ya Hui Yu, Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences
NEW TITLES & ROLES
- Dr. Heather Bradley, Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences
- Michaela Cotner, Research Associate, Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
- Dr. Emily Graybill, Director, Center for Leadership in Disability
- Jonathan Key, Graduate Advisor, Office of Academic Assistance & Career Services
- Dr. Ruschelle Leone, Research Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences
- Dr. Elizabeth Mosley, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences
- Dr. Lindy Parker, Senior Academic Professional & Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences
- Dr. Lucy Popova, Associate Professor, Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences
- Lynette Reid, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Office of Academic Assistance & Career Services
- Gina Sample, Department Coordinator, Population Health Sciences
- Dr. Anne Marie Schipani-McLaughlin, Research Scientist, Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences
- Souvann St. John Brown, Administrative Specialist, Finance & Administration
- Dr. Erin Vinoski-Thomas, Associate Director, Center for Leadership in Disability
The university’s highest priority is protecting the health of our students, faculty and staff. The best way we can achieve that is for everyone in our community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccination is simply the most effective protection against COVID-19. Even with the Delta variant, vaccination helps prevent the onset of severe illness, hospitalization and death, and stop the spread of the virus. By getting vaccinated, you will not only be providing a crucial safeguard for yourself, but you will be contributing to the wellness of everyone else. Vaccines are free and available on the Atlanta Campus, plus, you can receive a $50 e-gift card with each shot.
National Center on Child Trafficking
School of Public Health researchers have been awarded a $3 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to launch a national Treatment and Service Adaptation center to serve the mental health needs of trafficked youth. This is the first Category II SAMHSA grant received by any institution in the State of Georgia. Dr. Shannon Self Brown, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences, is the principal investigator of the five-year project. The award from SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative will establish the National Center on Child Trafficking (NCCT) in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University. Click here to learn more.
Disability and Health State Program
The Center for Leadership in Disability in Georgia State University’s Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development and School of Public Health has entered a $2.91 million cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lead a Disability and Health State Program. The collaboration will address statewide and public health district-level health needs among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and adults with mobility limitations in the State of Georgia to support inclusive state programs, communities, and health care for people with disabilities. Dr. Erin Vinoski Thomas, research assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences and associate director of the Center for Leadership in Disability, will be the program director of the five-year project. Click here to learn more.
National Center for Sexual Violence Prevention
Researchers in the School of Public Health have received additional federal funding from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, a division of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), to establish the National Center for Sexual Violence Prevention (NCSVP) in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University. The work of the NCSVP will continue to build on the work of the research team’s initial award that established the DoD collaboration to build a pipeline of university-military trained professionals to implement sexual assault prevention practices and activities in the military and certify this workforce. Dr. Amanda Gilmore, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences, and Dr. Shannon Self-Brown, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences, are the co-principal investigators of the project. Click here to learn more.
Progress of COVID-19 Protections in Clarkston, Georgia
Dr. Michael Eriksen, principal director of the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Georgia State University, and Dr. Mary Helen O’Connor, co-investigator and co-director for community engagement in the PRC and director of the Center for Community Engagement at Perimeter College, wrote a message on the progress of COVID-19 protections, such as testing, masking and vaccines, in the city of Clarkston, Georgia. The city is one of the largest refugee resettlement communities in the country and home base to the PRC’s work. The researchers outline the reasons why Clarkston is outpacing neighboring communities that are similarly stressed by using data measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). Click here to learn more.
Public Health Diversity Council
The School of Public Health closed out the Spring 2021 semester with the first Diversity Council Town Hall to review the work that has been done by the Council thus far and to hear feedback from our school community members. Check out a recap and read the School’s Diversity Statement on the newly launched webpage. Click here to learn more.
Free Subscription to The New York Times
The Dean of Students and University Library has partnered with the New York Times in Education to offer a free online subscription to The New York Times to anyone with a Georgia State University e-mail address. Students will have access until they graduate. Faculty and staff must renew once every four years. Click here to learn more.
Now Enrolling for Fall 2021
The School of Public Health announces two new academic programs enrolling this year: the Maternal and Child Health Graduate Certificate and a fully-online Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavior concentration. The GRE is no longer a requirement for admission to these programs.
40 Under 40 Awards Program
Do you know an outstanding Georgia State graduate under the age of 40? Through a formal nomination and selection process, the Georgia State University Alumni Association is excited to honor, recognize and celebrate the most influential and innovative graduates. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 17. Click here to learn more.
Inaugural JEDI Award Ceremony
The Office of the Provost has created the JEDI Award, a new institution-wide award that recognizes those whose work and values reflect their commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Dean Rodney Lyn and Dr. Collins Airhihenbuwa, two School of Public Health faculty who served as members of the university’s Task Force for Racial Equality, will be honored with an inaugural JEDI Award on Thursday, September 30. Click here to learn more.
Celebrating Faculty Excellence
Several School of Public Health faculty will be honored for teaching, research, scholarship and service, along with promotion and tenure, during Georgia State’s Celebrating Faculty Excellence ceremonies on Thursday, September 30. Honorees include Dr. Ashli Owen-Smith (left), 2020 Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award; Dr. Daniel Whitaker (center), 2020 Distinguished University Professor; and Dr. Kim Ramsey-White (right), 2021 Exceptional Service Award. Click here to learn more.
News coverage is an important method of sharing the work of the School of Public Health with a broad audience, building recognition of our research regionally, nationally and internationally. With over 800 media mentions since February 2020, faculty research and evidenced-based perspectives on an extensive range of public health subjects have been featured in national and international outlets such as Nature, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, NPR, The Washington Post, USA Today and more.
Media mentions are featured in alphabetical order by faculty/staff member’s last name.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a prestigious national fellowship that supports recent graduates and graduate students as they teach English abroad or conduct research projects.
Hosted by The Graduate School at Georgia State University.
August 26, 2021
4 p.m. ET
Panther Welcome is Georgia State’s official welcome celebration to help students engage with the university, including opportunities to meet members of the Panther Family, unlock valuable resources and celebrate Georgia State’s culture and tradition.
Events include Panther Prowl, Panther Community Plunge, Pounce Down Piedmont, Pounce Around Perimeter, and Student Involvement Fairs.
August 27 – September 16, 2021
You’re invited to meet Georgia State’s 8th President. Featuring remarks, Q&A, meet & greet and a reception. Please wear a face mask.
Featuring Dr. M. Brian Blake, President
Georgia State University
August 30, 2021
3 p.m. ET
Student Center East, State Ballroom
55 Gilmer St. SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Georgia State Panthers vs. Army
Students get in free! Single game tickets are $30.
September 4, 2021
12 p.m. ET
Center Parc Credit Union Stadium
755 Hank Aaron Dr. SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
Digging Deeper: The Roots of Thriving Communities
The 2021 virtual conference will feature professionals from across the state and innovative workshops regarding prevention, intervention, and the treatment of children and families impacted by child maltreatment. In collaboration between Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
September 16 & 17, 2021
Suffering in Silence: Identifying Suicidal Behavior in Black Youth and Creating a Research, Policy and Practice Agenda
Featuring Dr. Michael A. Lindsey, Executive Director
McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University (NYU)
September 20, 2021
2 p.m. ET
Health Disparities, Health Leadership and a 21st Century Pandemic
Organized by the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Featuring Dr. David Satcher, Founding Director and Senior Advisor
Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
16th Surgeon General of the United States (1998-2002)
10th Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (1998-2001)
October 5, 2021
7 p.m. ET
Inequality and the COVID-19 Pandemic: How We Got Here and Where To Go Next
Featuring Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
November 3, 2021
2 p.m. ET