Strategic Plan 2020-2025

aerial shot of UW facing south to downtown Seattle with cherry blossoms in view
The new strategic plan was launched July 1, 2020

Strategic Planning North Star

UW School of Public Health tackles the greatest health challenges in our region and around the world.

Our groundbreaking discoveries are fueled by rigorous science and equity-driven solutions.

Our students are leaders who emerge prepared to work in partnership with communities to improve the health of all people.

Strategic Framework

 

Collective Culture of Meaningful Change

Culture that Supports on going development and growth


Outcome 1

UW SPH has a culture that supports ongoing development and growth.

Strategies

  • School-wide conversation about defining success and impact across the continuum

Outcome 2

UW SPH has a student-centered culture.

Strategies

  • Research Council develops priority research plan
  • Work coordinates with SPH EDI roadmap

Outcome 3

UW SPH has a culture of well-being and connection.

Strategies

  • Create new Practice Council
  • Expand practice collaborations across SPH

Education for Leadership and Transformation

Our dynamic and supportive learning environment attracts the next generation of diverse leaders who go on to drive transformational change in communities throughout the world.


Outcome 1

UW SPH will offer consistent academic, professional, and personal support across all degree programs.

Strategies

  • Better coordinate and operationalize services for students
  • Students access and use services

Outcome 2

UW SPH will adopt best practices for student financial support; defined as students having the support they need to complete their degree program.

Strategies

  • Develop and implement best practices for student financial support

Outcome 3

UW SPH will deliver high-quality evidenced-based education across all degree programs.

Strategies

  • Peer evaluation best practices
  • Development opportunities for teaching assistants
  • Create instructor mentorship program

Methods to Research to Practice Continuum

We are a force for change. Continuous learning and rigorous science fuel our work. Collaborative research leads to cutting edge discoveries that we apply in ways that ensure healthier communities. Every outcome informs new waves of discovery.


Outcome 1

UW SPH will celebrate important work across the continuum from fundamental methodologies to the development and implementation of evidence-based strategies for understanding and changing complex health systems.

Strategies

  • School-wide conversation about defining success and impact across the continuum

Outcome 2

UW SPH will continue to conduct cutting-edge work in methods and research, with priorities implemented according to a roadmap created by the SPH Research Council.

Strategies

  • Research Council develops priority research plan
  • Work coordinates with SPH EDI roadmap

Outcome 3

At UW SPH, deep collaborations among faculty, staff, students, and key stakeholders result in successful models of academic practice.

Strategies

  • Create new Practice Council
  • Expand practice collaborations across SPH

Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racism

We are an academic institution that promotes good heath for all and breaks down structures of racism.


Outcome 1

The EDI Roadmap is implemented and our progress is shared with key stakeholders, increasing our visibility and reputation as a School that prioritizes equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Strategies

  • Implement, track, and be accountable for the SPH EDI Roadmap

Outcome 2

With guidance from community members, principles of anti-racism are adapted in our public health work.

Strategies:

  • Define for SPH what it means to be anti-racist
  • Create best practices for: Undoing Institutional Racism, Intergroup Dialogue, and Restorative Justice Training

Outcome 3

Structures and policies are in place at the School and improved to facilitate the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and staff, especially those who identify as black and/or indigenous.

Strategies

  • Recruit and retain faculty and staff who are BIPOC
  • Provide resources, opportunities, and funding for faculty and staff who are BIPOC

Reputation and Visibility

We are recognized and highly regarded for our approach and transformative impact throughout the region and the world.


Outcome 1

The reputation and visibility of UW SPH increases through use of a unified narrative across School communications which promotes the School’s strengths, expertise, and unique programs.

Strategies

  • Develop a unified narrative of the School
  • Establish guidelines, standards, and best practices for all types of communications

Outcome 2

Coordination and alignment of UW SPH and department and program marketing and communication activities are maximized, delivering more effective messages of real-world impact to all our audiences.

Strategies

  • Develop shared marketing and visibility resources
  • Maximize marketing and communication activities across the SPH

Outcome 3

Public audiences and alumni are meaningfully engaged in the UW SPH community and giving back financially.

Strategies

  • Engage key audiences for the 50th celebration year
  • Plan for unified alumni relations
  • Further enhance fundraising efforts that benefit students

Common Themes and Intersections

  • Justice, Anti-Racism, Equity

  • Mentorship and Professional Development

  • Respect across the Research-Practice Continuum

  • Build an Exceptional and Cohesive School

  • Tell our Collective Story

  • Track Progress to Outcomes

  • Work in Partnerships

  • Listen to input, make adjustments along the way

  • Measurement and Evaluation