A Warm GPH Welcome to Our New Dean

March 22, 2022
Dr. Debra Furr-Holden

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

It is with tremendous pleasure and excitement that I write this afternoon in response to the announcement earlier today from President Hamilton and Provost Fleming, of our school’s next Dean, Dr. Debra Furr-Holden

Dr. Furr-Holden is a renowned scholar, epidemiologist and biostatistician, and thus an ideal choice to lead GPH in the important next phase of its young history. She has played a vital role in highlighting the corrosive effects that disparities play in public health, shining a bright light on Covid-19, clean water and opioids and their devastating impact on our most vulnerable communities. 

I personally could not be more thrilled with Dr. Furr-Holden’s selection and very much look forward to transitioning the role of Dean on July 1, 2022. 

With deep gratitude to all who served on the search committee, including its chair, Dr. Melody Goodman, please join me in the warmest, most heartfelt GPH welcome to Dr. Furr-Holden whom I know we will soon be seeing in the corridors of our new building!


Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH
Dean, School of Global Public Health