Message from the Dean

Jay Maddock, Ph.D.

Howdy!

Welcome to the Texas A&M School of Public Health website. I am thrilled to join the Texas A&M family as the third dean of public health. Arriving here after serving eight years as the director of the University of Hawaii Public Health Program has presented me with many challenges and opportunities.

The world is changing rapidly. The rise of pandemic diseases such as Ebola and avian influenza are real and present threats. The worldwide increase in obesity strains dollars devoted to health care and shortens lives. Worldwide development and economic growth are often paired with unsafe or unhealthy working conditions and environmental degradation. These challenges and more need to be addressed by the public health workforce.

I am proud to say that we have some of the most amazing faculty members in our School of Public Health family. As you peruse our website, you will read about the cutting-edge research they are conducting and the innovative approaches that are being used to train our students to address 21st century public health problems.

Our school is rapidly growing. We have been ranked the 25th best school of public health by U.S. News and World Report, with aspirations to become a top 10 school. We also strive to make the School of Public Health one of the best places in Texas to work. Our educational activities include not only our College Station campus, but a growing campus in McAllen, an executive MHA program in Houston and an online epidemiology MPH. Our new BSPH is rapidly maturing and our goal is that every student in The Texas A&M University System has access to a public health class in the future.

Our goals are ambitious, but we have a lot of work to do. During my time in Hawaii, we steadily improved the health of the population until it was rated the healthiest state in America over the past two years. In the same report, Texas was ranked 31st. I believe that if we work together, we can challenge Hawaii and become the healthiest state in America.

Please enjoy our website and let us know if you are a prospective student, faculty or staff member who is interested in joining our team. Follow my monthly blog posts here

Jay Maddock, PhD
Dean