Gillings alum named founding dean of new College of Global Population Health


April 4, 2022

Dr. David Steeb

David Steeb, Pharm.D, MPH ’17, was named Dean of a new School of Public Health in March 2022. The University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri (UHSP) established the College of Global Population Health as part of the University’s broader vision for health education and research with a global focus. Steeb, an alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, most recently served as Associate Professor and Director of Global Engagement at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where he made significant contributions to the program’s global footprint . As Dean of UHSP’s College of Global Population Health, he will lead the new college as it prepares to accept students, giving him the opportunity to help shape school priorities and collaborations. for the future.

“It is an honor to have been selected as the founding Dean of the College of Global Population Health during such a historic and transformational time for the University, Steeb said. “In learning about UHSP and its mission to create and advance communities of discovery to foster a healthier society, I could tell that it was a strong institution, ambitious and ready to learn, serve and grow , and that resonated with me from an ideological and personal perspective. I am ready to work with members of this incredible university community to build this new college that I hope will transform health outcomes and make a difference. tangible in society.

The new college will house academic and research programs related to global and population health and engage with global communities as well as those closer to home, where it aims to promote health equity and improve health outcomes in the Saint-Louis region. The addition of population health expertise will allow UHSP students to develop the skills needed to practice in a rapidly changing field. Steeb’s experience in global health training and research, as well as developing international partnerships and programs, will inform his work as Dean.

“Building on the experience I gained during my time at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, I will work to build a college focused on developing and training a workforce. contemporary work and a new generation of health leaders who can make a transformative difference in health outcomes in the years to come,” he explained.

As a faculty member at UNC Eshelman, Steeb helped raise nearly $1 million for global student exchange programs, placing more than 220 students. His contributions to PharmAlliance – an international partnership between three leading schools of pharmacy created to improve global healthcare through innovation in pharmacy education, professional practice, research and student collaboration – have saw a 3:1 return on $1.5 million in research seed funding.

Initially, one of his main areas of focus with UHSP’s College of Global Population Health will be building partnerships, which he sees as key to establishing the new college.

“My initial goal as Dean will be to meet 100 different people in 100 different organizations, both locally and globally, to begin building a diverse partnership ecosystem for the college,” Steeb noted. “We will need on-the-ground stakeholders who will help us identify the needs and opportunities that exist in their geographies and how this college can do relevant and impactful work to meet those needs.”

Showing no signs of intimidation, he expressed his enthusiasm for the task ahead of him.

“There is incredible potential for this new college, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our campus community to build this program from the ground up,” he said.

Steeb earned a master’s degree in public health from UNC Gillings’ Public Health Leadership Program in 2017 after earning a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2013 and a Certificate in Public Health Leadership in 2015, both from UNC. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Miami.

Contact the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health communications team at [email protected].


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