DLSPH Open: 2017-​18 Annual Report invites you to Join Us on the Forefront of Change in Health

June 25/2018

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to share the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s 2017-18 Annual Report, “Join Us on the Forefront of Change in Health,” a reflection of the life of our Faculty’s over the last year and our shared impact on health and health systems.

The forefront of change in health theme sums up our story in a way that builds on our proud history while optimistically anticipating future impact. The last academic year marked a number of important milestones: the DLSPH celebrated its 90th anniversary and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation recognized its 70th.

The hot button issues of the last century may have changed, but our focus on pushing for change in health remains constant. Our internationally recognized community of leaders continues to create new knowledge, educate change makers, advance practice and guide the way towards better, more equitable outcomes in population health and health systems – locally, nationally and globally.

The micro to macro visuals represent how our Faculty looks upstream at the root causes of illness, developing interventions, training professionals and working collaboratively to drive change in the health system and make populations healthier. They also illustrate that even something seemingly small, like a conversation between a student and mentor, can have a meaningful, system-wide impact in the future.

To enhance the learner experience, this year we introduced our first MPH concentration in Indigenous health with a unique community-focused, land-based approach to learning. We also co-designed a new national PhD training model to better prepare academics for applied careers in the health system. Finally, we launched an interdisciplinary ethics and artificial intelligence collaboratory to implement data-driven innovations in the health system in a thoughtful way.

These are just a few of the stories you’ll find in the enclosed report. I invite you to read more about how our faculty, students, staff, alumni and supporters are supporting change in the broader public health and health system ecosystems. We’re all here to change outcomes. With a shared vision of improving health at a population level and health services at a system level, we will continue to push the boundaries and co-create change in health.


Adalsteinn Brown
Interim Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Dalla Lana Chair in Public Health Policy