U Public Health Director Completes Training at National Public Health Leadership Institute

U Public Health Director Completes Training at National Public Health Leadership Institute

Nov 11, 2004 5:00 PM

George L. White, Jr., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., professor and director of the Public Health Program at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has graduated from America's most prestigious public health management school--the National Public Health Leadership Institute.

White is one of 54 health professionals who graduated from the Leadership Institute at a ceremony last weekend in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1991 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Public Health Leadership Institute is a program offered nationally to a select number of senior public health officials. The Institute's mission is to strengthen the leadership competencies of state and national leaders and to enhance collaborative efforts to improve the public's health. The program is offered by a partnership of the Center for Creative Leadership, The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Funding support for the Institute is from the CDC.

White was named director of the U's Public Health Program in 1999 and directed two graduate programs prior to coming to Utah. He has focused on the increasing challenges of preparing students to participate in local, national, and international public health activities. White was appointed chair of the Utah Health Advisory Council by former Utah Gov. Michael O. Leavitt, and was elected to the UPHA Board of Directors in 2002. Earlier this year, White received the prestigious Beatty Award, the most distinguished award given by the Utah Public Health Association to a UPHA member who has made a significant contribution to public health in Utah.

The Utah Public Health Program, established 30 years ago as part of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, is ranked sixth in the nation in the "Best Graduate Schools" edition of U.S. News & World Report. To date, the program has more than 700 alumni, many of whom hold key positions in government, private, and public health organizations.

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