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Strategic Plan

Our Goals

Goal 1

Prepare the next generation of public health leaders through rigorous educational programs including emphasis on systems biology.

  • Modify existing courses to include major emphasis on bioinformatics and computational analysis of infectious diseases within three years.

  • Interface IDM systems biology with other Pitt Public Health informatics systems via scientific collaborations.

  • Aggressively recruit minority students and faculty into IDM to establish an annual 1:5 minority to non-minority ratio.

Goal 2

Expand knowledge in the field of public health through scientific inquiry and innovation.

  • Recruit three faculty members by 2015 into the IDM infectious disease education/prevention program with high potential to obtain extramural research grant funding.

  • Recruit three faculty member with expertise in HIV and other viral immunopathogenesis by 2015 into the IDM Bioscience program with high potential to obtain extramural research grant funding.

  • Obtain NIH T32 training grants in HIV and global infectious diseases.

  • Publish major new scientific discoveries in top-tier journals (e.g., Science, Nature, Cell, NEJM, AJPH) annually.

Goal 3

Advance the health of populations through service and partnerships with regional, national, and global organizations.

  • Increase one new faculty per year serving on local/state/national health advisory committees.

  • Increase partnerships with the Allegheny County Health Department through student practica and new public health policies.

  • Develop a new course in Infectious Disease Global Policy.

Goal 4

Secure adequate resources and promote operational effectiveness, so as to enhance the school’s capacity to fulfill its mission.

  • Initiate occupation of IDM offices in newly renovated Parran Hall in Pitt Public Health in 2016-2017.

  • Maintain the newly expanded IDM MPH and MS student populations at the current levels.


 

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