Search Announcement: Dean of the School of Public Health - 2018

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The University of California, Berkeley, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Public Health.  

The Berkeley School of Public Health is fueled by a deep commitment to social and environmental justice, scientific inquiry and discovery, and community-engaged public health action. By harnessing the diverse, interdisciplinary strengths across the UC Berkeley campus and channeling Berkeley’s institutional ethos — challenging convention to shape the future — the School of Public Health stands in tireless pursuit of innovative approaches to addressing the most pressing threats to a healthy society, particularly among our vulnerable populations, locally and globally.

The School improves population health by preparing the next generation of public health scholars, practitioners, and leaders through exceptional scholarship and transformational research; through preeminent and innovative educational programs; and by translating new discoveries into practice and partnerships to address the critical health needs and inequities in our diverse communities. The School embraces diversity in its education, research, and service mission as the best strategy for successfully engaging and transforming those communities.

In 2018, Chancellor Carol Christ initiated a new universitywide strategic planning process. With the campus launching major new transdisciplinary strategic initiatives as a result in areas such as environmental change, sustainability, and justice; inequality and opportunity; and health and wellbeing, the School of Public Health stands to play a pivotal role in charting the path forward for the nation’s most celebrated public institution of higher education.

The School’s renowned faculty comprise over 200 investigators, including 43 ladder-rank faculty and 20 additional full-time faculty. The School enrolls 816 graduate students and 359 undergraduates across 28 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Global Health & Environment, Health Policy & Management, Health & Social Behavior, Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology, Maternal & Child Health and Public Health Nutrition, and in interdisciplinary areas such as Aging, Global Health, and Multicultural Health. The School has the top-ranked undergraduate public health program and ninth-ranked graduate public health program in the nation and offers programs both on-campus and online.

Several programs are offered concurrently with other Berkeley schools such as the Haas School of Business, Goldman School of Public Policy, School of Social Welfare, School of Journalism and College of Environmental Design, as well as with the medical schools at UC San Francisco and Stanford.

The ideal Dean candidate will provide vision and strategic and intellectual leadership for the School while fully realizing synergies with and across the UC Berkeley campus to enhance the distinction of the Berkeley School of Public Health. The Dean will enhance and accelerate research, discovery, and critical inquiry across the School while providing adept operational oversight of a professional school in a complex institutional environment, one that is grounded in shared governance and a deep commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.

The Dean will demonstrate sincere and vigorous engagement and leadership in advancing institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion, and prioritize seeking new philanthropic support and establishing strategic partnerships, leveraging Berkeley Public Health’s diversity, excellence, and impact to strengthen the educational and public service missions of the School and UC Berkeley.

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Applications and Nominations: All inquiries, nominations, and applications from within and beyond the Berkeley community are invited. Candidates must have a distinguished record of scholarship that would warrant a tenured appointment as Professor. To be considered as candidates, applicants must have an earned doctoral degree by the time of application and submit a CV, preferably with a detailed letter of interest. Please email nominations and inquiries to To apply, please visit this link: Review of candidate materials will begin on November 26.

The University of California, Berkeley, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: This position is a sensitive position and is subject to a criminal background check. Questions may be referred to Dana Jantz at (510) 642-9573 or

Dean of the School of Public Health Search Committee

Jeff Edleson, Dean, School of Social Welfare (committee chair)
Amani Allen, Associate Professor, Community Health/Epidemiology
Amy Bassell Crowe, Member of SPH Policy Advisory Council/Alumna
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Professor, UCSF, Chair of Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Steven Brenner, Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
Jacqueline Ferguson, Student, School of Public Health
Darlene Francis, Professor, Neuroscience and Equity Advisor
Elizabeth Gardner, SPH Staff, Division Manager, Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Eva Harris, Professor, Infectious Diseases
Priya Mehta, SPH Staff, Assistant Dean, Development
Catherine Metayer, Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Justin Remais, Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences