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Prof. Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown Reappointed as DLSPH Dean

October 27/2022

Memo from Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
October 27, 2022

I am pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the reappointment of Professor Adalsteinn Brown as Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health for a six-year term from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2029, including one year of administrative leave. 

Under Professor Brown’s leadership, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health ranks fifth globally among schools of public health. Dean Brown has strengthened both international partnerships, and community-based relationships with affiliated health institutions. Since 2016, the School of Public Health has attracted more than double the research funding from the tri-agency, government, private and non-profit sources. Under Professor Brown’s leadership, the School has also created innovative new programs like the Doctor of Public Health—the first in Canada—and the Master of Public Health in Black Health—the first in the world. Dean Brown’s collegial style, ambitious vision, and clear and direct communication are valued both within the Faculty and across the University of Toronto. 

Professor Adalsteinn Brown served as a co-chair of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table from July 2020 through August 2022. His exceptional leadership included providing public health advice both to the Government of Ontario and to the public during the height of the pandemic response. His service to the province throughout the pandemic is a considerable source of pride for the University of Toronto. 

Prior to being Dean, Professor Brown served as Director of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) and in the Faculty of Medicine, where he sustained and grew the Institute’s reputation as an interdisciplinary centre known for excellent scholarship and collaborative partnerships. 

Professor Brown’s research areas are performance measurement in health care and public policy. He has published numerous articles in prestigious journals on evidence-informed policy-making, health care quality improvement, and health systems and strategy. 

Professor Brown’s leadership, public service, and commitment to inclusive excellence will be key to the continued success of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the years ahead. Please join me in congratulating Professor Brown on this appointment.