The dean is the school’s chief academic and administrative officer. His responsibility is to provide strategic leadership for all academic and administrative affairs at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health, as well as to foster productive relationships with faculty, students, staff, donors, alumni, and other constituencies. Pitt Public Health and the University community look to the dean to provide strong collaborative leadership in public health education, research, practice, and service. He is expected to serve as a catalyst and advocate for research that has an impact on science and local, national, and international communities; to enhance communication, and to foster a vibrant intellectual community among all constituencies within the school. The department chairs report directly to the dean. The dean has key relationships with the deans of the other schools of the health sciences and with UPMC. He has collaborative relationships with other schools at the University, regional campuses of the University, the Allegheny County Health Department, community organizations and neighborhoods, and foundations and corporations.
The senior associate dean collaborates closely with the assistant dean for finance and administration to assist the dean with managing all planning and operations for the school. Responsibilities that are more academic in nature are led primarily by the senior associate dean, while responsibilities that are more financial and logistical in nature are led primarily by the assistant dean for finance and administration. The senior associate dean supervises the marketing and communication and information technology staff in the dean’s office, and is responsible for space planning and strategic planning. In addition, the senior associate dean represents Pitt Public Health at University functions when the dean is not available.
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs: Velpandi Ayyavoo
The associate dean for faculty affairs is responsible for faculty appointment and promotion processes, annual faculty evaluations, and faculty development. He works closely with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Faculty Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee (FAPTC) members.
Associate Dean for Education: Jessica G Burke
The associate dean for education is responsible for oversight of all degree and certificate programs, including curriculum and mentoring. She leads major strategic initiatives in the educational realm, supervises the educational programs coordinator, and works closely with the program directors and Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC) members. She collaborates with the associate dean for student affairs and the assistant dean for student affairs on co-curriculum, academic integrity, student surveys, and student awards.
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration: Renae Brinza
The assistant dean for finance and administration is responsible for planning, organizing, evaluating, and monitoring Pitt Public Health’s financial functions to ensure that academic and administrative priorities are being met. This responsibility includes providing strategic direction and ensuring that appropriate resources are available to support research, educational, and practice programs, as well as other strategic initiatives as directed by the dean. She works closely with associate deans, department chairs, center directors, department and center administrators, and people associated with the offices of the senior vice chancellor, budget and controller, and research. She also has oversight of facilities management within the school.
Interim Associate Dean for Public Health Practice: Gerald Barron
The associate dean for public health practice works to improve public health practice by developing new models for academic and practice programs, establishing collaborative efforts with local and state health departments, improving public health preparedness, and enhancing training opportunities for current and future public health practitioners. He also serves as director of the Center for Public Health Practice, which houses research, training, and practice activities.
Associate Dean for Public Policy
The associate dean for public policy develops Pitt Public Health collaborations with business, government, and nonprofit organizations to increase the school’s influence on public health policy and practice. He leads an ad hoc team—called the Policy Committee—to address complex public health policy issues to speed improvements and innovations in the management and delivery of public services at the local, state, and national levels; the committee’s membership varies as required for a given policy issue but typically includes representation from the Center for Public Health Practice as well as the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and the Evaluation Institute. He also assists in the translation of research findings to help improve public health.
Associate Dean for Research: Jane Cauley
The associate dean for research is responsible for strategic planning and faculty development in the area of research. She works with other faculty and administrators to ensure that research performed within Pitt Public Health is compliant with all relevant regulations. In addition, she helps make faculty aware of funding opportunities, changes in regulations, and other important issues regarding the research environment.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs: Cindy Bryce
The associate dean for student affairs oversees key stages of graduate student life. Student affairs is responsible for staffing external recruitment events; organizing internal recruitment events; coordinating and processing applications across seven departments; communicating regularly and answering applicants’ questions; scheduling new student orientation events; providing support to current students (whether related to academics, student life, or personal matters); responding to concerns or complaints about students, including academic integrity issues; preparing students for job interviews and ongoing professional development; verifying completion of program requirements for all potential graduates; and engaging recent graduates and other alumni in networking or mentoring opportunities with current students. She supervises the assistant dean for student affairs and the Office of Student Affairs and Education.
Assistant Dean for Global Health Programs: Joanne Russell
The assistant dean for global health programs directs the Global Health Certificate, Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program, and other global health initiatives within Pitt Public Health.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs: Mary M. Derkach
The assistant dean for student affairs is responsible for administrative operations related to student affairs, including many of the events led by the associate dean for student affairs. She also serves as the school’s registrar, with responsibility for course scheduling, graduation requirements, and coordination with the University Office of the Registrar.
Special Advisor to the Dean: George Huber