Over the past year, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health has engaged in a strategic planning process to outline priority areas for the School for the next five years. Below is the result of those efforts—our 2015-2020 Strategy.
Looking to the future, we wanted to build on our strengths as a small, responsive school with a history of accomplishing big things. Our location in the Bay Area, adjacent to Silicon Valley, gives us an opportunity to build partnerships for innovation in health. Our position in California, on the Pacific Rim and sharing a border with Mexico, gives us both a mandate to embrace diversity and champion social justice.
Our plan identifies ways we can adapt to meet new challenges in public health, locally and globally, as they arise. It is a living document that we expect will continue to evolve as we move forward into the implementation phase.
About the Process
Strategic planning began in the spring of 2014, with the goal of ensuring extensive input from stakeholders, including students, faculty, and staff of the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health; members of the broader UC Berkeley campus; UC Berkeley School of Public Health alumni; employers of the School’s students; funders; donors; and community partners. Dean Bertozzi established a Strategic Planning Committee composed of the School’s faculty and staff who represented a broad range of perspectives within the School. The Strategic Planning Committee was organized into five distinct working groups: Research, Education, Community Engagement, Administration, and Diversity.
Intensive data collection in each of these areas was used to inform the development of the goals, strategies, and objectives shared in this strategic plan. The process included significant and iterative involvement from our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners through participation in the working groups.