Director of Masters in Public Health Program

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Job Title: Director of Masters in Public Health Program
Location: Public Health
Full/Part Time:
Job ID: 5437
Faculty Posting Details
Appointment: The University of Puget Sound seeks an energetic and visionary Director to launch and lead a new Masters in Public Health program, including the process to attain accreditation with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Puget Sound MPH includes key components aligned with social justice and community engagement, and aligns with institutional mission as articulated in Leadership for a Changing World strategic plan. The program will serve a regional need for quality public health care through well-trained professionals, and complement the University’s other strong health-related graduate programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Counseling. Our highly-regarded undergraduate sciences programs also provide opportunities in areas in which to build the program.

The first Director of the MPH program will refine the approved curriculum, recruit students and faculty to the program, and forge key community relationships with regional health care providers. This opportunity invites qualified applicants who have a desire to creatively develop and thoughtfully lead a new graduate program at a nationally-ranked liberal arts university in the Seattle-Tacoma region.

The Director of the Master of Public Health Program is a full-time tenure-line position to begin no later than January 2021 for the 2020-21 academic year in a newly approved public health program that will commence its inaugural cohort in Fall 2021. The first year will prepare the program and recruit students to enter in Fall 2021; in subsequent years, the Director will have a 2 units administrative and 4 units teaching load.


Include, but not limited to:

    Lead the accreditation process for the MPH program. Teach selected MPH graduate-level core and/or elective courses (e.g., foundations of public health, introduction to biostatistics, fundamentals of epidemiology, environmental health, healthcare management & administration, and/or program development & evaluation) based on expertise.Lead faculty in collaborative work on refining the strategic planning of the program that is aligned with the mission and priorities of the university.Administer and oversee the program’s various operations, including admission processes, leading the development of curricular/course proposals, departmental manual and review guidelines, and management of budget and resources. Develop and maintain strong external partnerships with community stakeholders, health departments, and local/regional, national and international organizations.Engage with prospective students and mentor graduate students. Other duties include participation in program and university governance and continuation of professional development in the faculty member's area of expertise.
Preferred Qualifications: Doctorate in public health related field, preferably from a CEPH-accredited program OR doctorate in a related field. Employment as full-time faculty member (with experience teaching and mentoring MPH students) OR as a public health practitioner for a minimum of 3 years. Demonstrated administrative and/or leadership experience in public health, with CEPH expertise preferred. Demonstrated leadership or experience in public health settings and demonstrated understanding of working with diverse populations. Research interests or professional experience in evidence-based, culturally responsive interventions preferred. Commitment to a university based on the principles of the liberal arts.

Application Deadline: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials by October 6, 2020 to ensure full consideration. Review of application materials will begin immediately.

Required Documents:

Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

    Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest that addresses qualifications and enthusiasm for serving as the director of a new MPH program
  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Diversity statement (see details below)
  • Teaching evaluations (if available)
  • One print or reprint of a recent publication (if available)
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.
Applicant's Diversity Statement:

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant’s diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound’s current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicant's can express their qualification:

    Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented populations in counseling;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university’s diversity strategic plan;
  • Brief insights on how cultural responsiveness increases one’s effectiveness as a counselor, educator and department/university colleague.
Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

About Puget Sound:

The mission of the University of Puget Sound is to develop in its students the capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, residential, national undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries. 65% of students live on the 97 acre campus and the remainder typically live within a mile in the surrounding neighborhood. A low student-faculty ratio provides students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching. The university offers 1,200 courses in more than 50 areas of study, numerous experiential learning opportunities, 23 D-III varsity sports, and extensive co-curricular and leadership opportunities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. In 2012, Puget Sound was named as one of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives.

Puget Sound has a well-established Shared Faculty Appointments Policy,

Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State

University Diversity Statement

    We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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Posted: 6/10/2020
Application Due: 12/8/2020
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