Welcome from the Dean

alikhanWelcome to the UNMC College of Public Health, a community of students, faculty, staff, and partners dedicated to fostering innovative solutions to improve our nation’s health. At the UNMC College of Public Health, we are putting knowledge into practice and implementing a new era of public health grounded in social justice, community engagement, innovative public health practices, and public health policies that support community health efforts.

The College’s work as a vital partner of a broad and integrated academic medical center, in conjunction with our State and local health departments and our corporate and community partners, has helped make Nebraska one of the healthiest states in the nation (ranked 11th by United Health Foundation, America's Health Rankings). But we can, and will, do even better. Although we have made great strides to improve the health of Nebraskans, UNMC is committed to making Nebraska the healthiest state in the nation. This challenge makes for an unparalleled learning environment for our students and faculty.

Public health is confronted by unprecedented societal and global health challenges affecting billions, including climate change, globalization, increasing chronic and communicable diseases, and new health system(s).

While the challenges are great, the UNMC College of Public Health is capitalizing on the breadth of talents, innovative ideas, and resources of our vast network of students, faculty, and partners to create groundbreaking models for health promotion, disease prevention, and public health policies that support community health efforts for Nebraska, the United States, and the world.

For those committed to creating a culture of health, UNMC’s College of Public Health provides countless opportunities to improve the health of populations in placements with local health departments, insurers, health care systems, community organizations and more. These experiences are specifically designed to prepare our alumni for the public health of the future and to give them a competitive edge in the global market.

I encourage you to explore our website for a virtual glimpse of the extraordinary accomplishments of our faculty and students. The UNMC College of Public Health’s innovative tools, programs, and partners provide an exceptional opportunity to reach large groups of people and revolutionize public health in exciting ways. We invite you to come to the campus and learn more about the UNMC College of Public Health and the impact the College has made in Nebraska, the nation, and the world.

We hope you’ll join us in our work to improve the health of communities and nations.

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH
Retired Assistant Surgeon General (USPHS)
Richard Holland Presidential Chair
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center

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