Dean's Welcome


Since I joined the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health in March 2012 as Founding Dean, a few indisputable truths about Wisconsin’s first comprehensive, dedicated school of public health have become clear.

Ours is a dynamic new school on the rise. Since 2006,academic leaders, educators and scientists have partnered with community champions and elected officials to establish the school, place it in Milwaukee, name it for local philanthropist Joseph J. Zilber, and engage founding faculty and students. We strive to be a powerful part of growth and change at the UW system’s major urban campus, which is undergoing a dynamic transformation toward expanded research excellence.

Ours shall be a ‘next generation’ school of public health, rooted in our sharedcommitment to social and environmental justice. Challenged by persistent environmental hazards and complex health disparities whose solutions go beyond medicine, we are responding with innovative, interdisciplinary education that prepares leaders for effective practice and policy.

Ours is a place ripe for innovation and impact. The Zilber School pledges to serve as a catalyst for healthier communities through public health scholarship that really matters. Our newly completed home in the Brewery, a near downtown neighborhood emerging from the Pabst ruins, puts us within a mile of Milwaukee’s myriad public health partners.Additional construction of approved wet laboratories on the main campus enhances our readiness for robust research.

The bottom-line truth is that there has never been a more invoking or important time to be at UWM’s Zilber School of Public Health. Discover with us what research questions we must ask and answer together to transform this remarkable city and its surrounding region into a heartier hub for health and well-being. Hold us to our educational brand promise: We graduate leaders for the public’s health who really know their stuff. Join us in shaping a new model for an urban-anchored, justice-oriented public health school of the future that the nation wants and needs.

All the best,