Dean's Message

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Rutgers School of Public Health!  As many of you know until July 1, 2013 our School was one of the eight health professional schools that comprised the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).  With the merging of UMDNJ into Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, we acquired a new name and new opportunities to collaborate with experts in the wide variety of disciplines represented in a major university. We are indeed excited to be part of Rutgers and to be administratively located with our sister health professional schools in a new administrative unit, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

The merger with Rutgers has been carefully planned over the last 18 months and is proceeding very smoothly. All of our faculty, staff and facilities are staying in place, classes are being taught in the same locations, and students remain engaged in the same degree programs and curricula. Admissions for Fall 2013 and beyond are proceeding normally. Our graduates will receive Rutgers diplomas starting in October 2013.

At the Rutgers School of Public Health, you'll find multidisciplinary teaching on our three campuses through eight departments:

New Brunswick Campus Departments: Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Education and Behavioral Science, and Health Systems and Policy

Newark Campus Departments: Dental Public Health, Quantitative Methods: Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Urban Health Administration

Stratford Campus Departments: Health Systems and Policy

We offer MPH, MS, DrPH and PhD degrees, as well as many dual degrees and several certificate programs. Our interdisciplinary institutes and centers enable the faculty, staff, students and alumni to get involved with many different researchers, departments and schools at Rutgers University. Together we are working to solve tomorrow's public health challenges. This is an exciting time to be in the field of public health. The accelerating pace of scientific discovery is creating an extraordinary need to translate results into useful tools and programs for communities everywhere while advances in information and communication technologies are leading to an unparalleled opportunity to reach large groups of people in new ways. Never have so many people lived such long and healthy lives while, at the same time, being threatened by thousands of new, potentially toxic chemicals and by almost instant spread of infectious agents around the globe.

Although I have been a member of the School of Public Health faculty for over 20 years, I feel more privileged today than ever to be working to improve the public's health and, with the faculty, to be educating the next generation of public health leaders. It is a joy to work with our students and to watch them grow into accomplished health professionals.

I encourage you to make a difference by bringing your passion and enthusiasm to public health. Join us at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Together we can work to improve the health and well-being of neighborhoods and populations in New Jersey, the nation, and around the globe.


George G. Rhoads‚ MD, MPH, CPH
Interim Dean