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Georgia to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary

In honor of its tenth anniversary, the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health will welcome students, alumni, and community guests to the UGA Health Sciences Campus on October 5 for its Tenth Anniversary Celebration. The day will feature a full slate of afternoon events, punctuated by a 5 p.m. program and reception at Miller Parade Grounds.

The Tenth Anniversary Celebration will include a keynote address from Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush, as well as comments from Dr. Harrison Spencer, president of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

Established in 2005, the College became the first accredited college of public health within the University System of Georgia and was seen as an integral piece of the state’s broader efforts to improve population health. The College began moving its various programs and departments to the Health Sciences Campus in 2012, establishing itself as that campus’s principal occupant and energizing a growing health corridor in Athens-Clarke County.

“The past 10 years have been an exciting time for public health in Georgia, and we’re pleased the College has been able to play such a strong role in changing the state for the better,” said Phillip L. Williams, founding dean of the UGA College of Public Health. “From the cutting-edge research that is improving the health and well-being of countless lives across Georgia to our work in educating the next generation of service-minded public health workers, our commitment to serving the state has remained constant throughout our 10 years. This celebration gives us the opportunity to honor the progress we’ve made as we cast a hopeful eye toward the future.”

In addition to the Oct. 5 festivities, the College is hosting a Tenth Anniversary Lecture Series throughout the fall, featuring three of the top minds in public health. On September 17, Dr. Ian Lapp, the associate dean for strategic educational initiatives at the Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss innovations in public health education; on September 24, Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, will discuss how the U.S. can become the “healthiest nation in one generation”; and on October 19, Dr. Michael Perri, dean of the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, will address obesity in rural America.

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