The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health has been accepted for membership by the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), making it the first American School to join the 50-year-old organization. ASPHER is the key independent European organization dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research. Its ranks include more than 110 member organizations from 43 countries in Europe.
[Photo: Dr. Suzanne Babich]
The ASPHER Board of Directors voted to accept the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health as an associate member during its annual Deans’ and Directors’ Retreat, which took place in Athens, Greece in May.
“The Fairbanks School of Public Health is deeply honored to be the first American School to be accepted as a member of ASPHER,” said Dr. Suzanne Babich, associate dean of Global Health at the Fairbanks School of Public Health and the School’s representative at the Athens retreat. “I have been actively involved in a number of projects with ASPHER member schools over the past several years. Those projects are growing, so it made sense for us to formalize the relationship between ASPHER and the Fairbanks School of Public Health. We are committed to integrating the global perspective throughout our public health curriculum and I am confident our membership in ASPHER will enhance our ability to do so. Our collaborations have already brought about rich opportunities for student and faculty exchange, collaborative programming, and idea sharing. In addition, newly elected ASPHER president Dr. Katarzyna (Kasia) Czabanowska, associate professor in the department of international health at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, has agreed to serve as adjunct faculty for the Fairbanks School of Public Health. She will be teaching distance-based global health courses and collaborating on research projects related to health leadership and the public health workforce. We look forward to growing these important relationships and reaching out to new partners in the years ahead.”