It’s always inspiring to meet someone smart, talented and driven. And when you meet hundreds of people like that in a single day, it’s worth celebrating. Today we marked the beginning of the academic year by welcoming more than 700 new undergraduate students to the College of Public Health at Temple’s 2016 Convocation. They join a diverse group of 167 faculty members and over 4000 current students, who together represent one of the most innovative institutions of public health education and research in the country.
Never underestimate the power of a social work degree. That’s according to Chong-suk Han, an alumnus of Temple’s Master of Social Work program and associate professor of sociology at Middlebury College in Vermont. Han’s roots in social work remain strong, and he says hardly a day goes by when he doesn’t use the skills he learned in his Temple MSW courses.
“An MSW provides you with real skills in terms of how you deal with people, read a situation, learn to anticipate an environment and how people interact within that environment,” says Han. “It’s a phenomenally flexible degree.”
At The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School (MCSCS) in Philadelphia, every student starts the morning with a pledge. In one colorful classroom, twenty third-graders stand and begin reciting. “I’m 100% committed to my education,” they say in unison. “I believe in myself and my ability to do my best at all times. I am powerful beyond measure. I will learn.”
It’s not your average school pledge. But neither is this an average school.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers become NBA champions for the first time in franchise history, we take a look back at an interview with their head athletic trainer Stephen Spiro. Spiro graduated from CPH with a B.S. in Kinesiology and has been with the Cavaliers since 2013. "I was looking for a way to combine medicine—my father was a physician’s assistant—and my love of sports,” he says. “Temple has a great athletic training program and great people.”
On May 6, faculty, students and supporters of the College of Public Health marked the college’s 49th graduation ceremony in the packed Liacouras Center. College Dean Laura Siminoff said in her opening remarks that the 1388 graduating students represent the best of Temple University. “It should make us all extremely proud that our students are focused on professions that represent the highest ideals of service to others,” she said.
“We are on the rise.” From the soaring top floor of Morgan Hall, this was the message that Temple Provost Hai-Lung Dai shared with over 60 supporters of the College of Public Health (CPH), who gathered on April 22 to learn about the college’s plans for future growth and meet new recipients of student scholarships. Dai said that the college has become a model for research and education at Temple. “If we look at research dollars per faculty member, the College of Public Health is number one in the university,” he said, noting that its supporters have been critical to building that identity.
For Estelle Richman, health policy is personal. Throughout her career she has earned a reputation as someone who advocates for individual well-being and dignity—as Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Public Health and Managing Director, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Public Welfare, and Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The College of Public Health is excited to welcome Richman as its 2016 commencement speaker, and we spoke with her about her beginnings, her career, and the issues she sees as most vital to the future of public health.
As the 2015 APHA Annual Meeting gets underway in Chicago, two dozen faculty members from the College of Public Health and Temple University are getting ready to present on the latest public health research. Below is a list of those presentations. (On Monday, 11/2, CPH is also hosting a free cocktail reception.)
Sunday, November 1, 2015