Dean’s Message: May 2015 – Strategic Planning, Towards 2021 and Beyond

May 1/2015

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to share that our School is initiating a strategic planning exercise, Towards 2021 and Beyond, this summer to chart the course for our growing faculty.

A renewed strategic plan will mobilize and energize the School. I’ve asked Professors Dan Sellen, Associate Dean of Research, and Adalsteinn Brown, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation’s Director, to co-chair a Strategic Planning Committee over the next several months and articulate a collaborative vision, mission and goals for the School.

Since the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) joined the Dalla Lana School of  Public Health in July 2014, we became Canada’s largest and highest-ranked faculty of public health, underlining the need for an integrated strategic plan for the entire faculty. The School’s current strategic plan expires in 2015 and IHPME’s is mid-way complete with most goals met.

There are many strategic opportunities to balance deepened local impact with broader global leadership and we want to prioritize what best serves the School’s future mission and vision.

This summer, the strategic planning committee will begin with stocktaking and wide consultation within and beyond the School. Professors Sellen and Brown will commission five subcommittees to explore opportunities in curricular enhancement, building research capacity, strengthening and diversifying institutional and global relationships, finding synergies between population health and health systems and identifying the right measures and benchmarks to measure the many activities in education, research and service.

A School-wide retreat will be held in November 2015 to review a draft plan and the final plan is
expected in February 2016.

I invite you to visit the website to learn more about the strategic planning exercise and share your thoughts: Strategic Planning – Towards 2021 and Beyond.


Howard Hu