ATLANTA—Capping off a collaborative and iterative process that began last fall, the Georgia State University School of Public Health has adopted its 2027 Strategic Plan. With four strategic goals and several related priority initiatives, the plan will guide the school’s continued growth over the next five years.
“The growth and success of the School of Public Health reflects the incredible talent and commitment of our students, faculty, and staff, the investment and guidance of our board of advisors, and the joint efforts and support of our community partners,” noted Dean Rodney Lyn. “As we continue to recruit extraordinary talent and to cultivate new partnerships locally and globally, we find inspiration and enthusiasm in imagining the future of our school and what we can achieve together.”
The four goals outlined in the School of Public Health Vision 2027 Strategic Plan are:
- Become a national leader in educating and preparing the next generation of public health professionals and leaders to advance health equity;
- Expand interdisciplinary and applied research to address current and future public health challenges;
- Build and support sustainable teaching and research partnerships with communities and organizations to advance the mission of the School of Public Health; and
- Ensure operational excellence throughout the School of Public Health.
Each of the four strategic goals are supported by a total of 16 priority initiatives that will be assessed using key performance indicators. The Vision 2027 Strategic Plan comes at a time of extraordinary growth in the School of Public Health. Its student body is among the most diverse in the nation, and its enrollment exceeds 1,000. The school recently set a new record for research and outreach activity, with $21 million in sponsored funding in fiscal year 2022.
In fall 2021, Lyn charged an 11-member task force chaired by Collins Airhihenbuwa, Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences, to lead an iterative process, informed by faculty and staff feedback, to identify and articulate the school’s mission, vision, values, strategic goals, and priority initiatives. The task force was supported by a team of consultants with experience and expertise in higher education.
“The adoption of the 2027 strategic plan marks an exciting new era for the School of Public Health,” Lyn said. “I am immensely grateful to the faculty, staff, alumni and other supporters who have contributed to the plan. Together, we are dedicated to advancing health equity and solving contemporary and emerging health issues through education, research, and community engagement.”
To read the complete Vision 2027 Strategic Plan, visit https://publichealth.gsu.edu/about/strategic-plan/.