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September 2, 2008

Teret and Burke Appointed Associate Deans

Stephen Teret, JD, MPH, and Thomas Burke, PhD, MPH, have been named associate deans at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The newly created associate dean positions are expected to enhance the School’s educational capabilities, promote public health practice and provide recognition for faculty making an impact in the classroom and out in the field.

Stephen Teret, JD, MPH

Stephen Teret

Education and Faculty Development

As the associate dean for education and faculty development, Stephen Teret brings nearly three decades of experience teaching students and developing numerous educational programs at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Teret will provide strategic leadership and will be responsible for enhancing the School’s educational programs along with assisting faculty with career development both inside and outside of the classroom. 

“It is my intention to work with the faculty and administration in creating the best match between how today’s students learn and how we teach in our classrooms and labs,” says Teret. “The quality of our teaching is a top concern to the School, as is seeing that those who devote themselves to excellence in teaching are rewarded for doing so.”

Director of the Bloomberg School’s Centers for Law and the Public's Health, Teret joined the school in 1979 and continues to serve as chair of the committee on appointments and promotions, as well as being a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management

Public Health Practice and Training 

Thomas Burke, PhD, MPH

Thomas Burke

Thomas Burke brings a wealth of public health experience, both in academia and public policy, to the position of associate dean for public health practice and training. Primarily charged with promoting the application of the School’s research to practice, Burke will serve as an advocate for faculty, students and public health practitioners.

“Promoting public health practice by bridging the gap between research and application is something I have been working toward throughout my career,” says Burke. “As a person who has worked in public health agencies and academia, I hope to unite the very different but interdependent worlds of public health. If the two can successfully work together we strengthen our research, advance the practice of public health, and ultimately improve the health of our communities. At the same time we can enrich our academic training and create public health ambassadors who promote this shared vision.”

A former deputy commissioner for New Jersey’s Department of Health, Burke maintains his commitment to the advancement of public health research as the director of the Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute at the School. During his tenure Burke has made significant contributions to public health research, practice and policy and is a four-time recipient of the University’s most prestigious teaching honor, the Golden Apple Award.

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