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discipline (such as neurodegenerative train health providers, administrators, diseases rather than anatomy or and others in population-based biochemistry), and the imperative that strategies to improve health and health the research cluster have a clinical outcomes. So while training a doctor, component so discoveries in the for example, can help improve the laboratory can be applied at the health of that doctor’s individual patient’s bedside. The formation of patients, training a public health worker research clusters allows interested can help improve the health of an scientists from different disciplines and entire community. As in education and backgrounds to come together to attack research, the School is enlarging its a common problem focus from the and research interest. individual health As with our provider and the educational efforts, individual patient to ...the School has been our research efforts are populations and shifting from the communities. and is undergoing individual to the team. This maturing of fundamental change This shift is nowhere our focus and more evident than in in the way we approach each direction is essential the nomenclature used to our goal of of our core missions— when submitting grant optimizing the health applications. For most education, scholarship and of North Dakotans of my professional life, and the health care research, and service the indication of major delivery system in the achievement as an state. As the baby investigator was to be boomers age and the principal develop more chronic investigator (called the PI) on a major diseases, our health care system is grant. No more—grants now typically going to be stressed—and it is already have multiple co-PIs, and that is widely not as efficient, equitable, available, or viewed as a good thing! affordable as it needs to be. The changes Lastly, the School is evolving its that are underway at the School should service function. Heretofore, the SMHS help us prepare for the future, and enable largely fulfilled its service function to us to handle the challenges ahead. I’m the community by providing a cadre of excited about our maturation as a highly qualified and dedicated health School, and thank all of you for helping practitioners. And certainly that to guide the way on our journey. commitment has not changed over the years—and will not in the future. But the School understands that it has a larger responsibility to the people of North Dakota than “simply” producing great practitioners. It also has a Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH responsibility to advocate for good UND Vice President for Health Affairs health and optimal health care policies. and Dean Thus, the School partnered with North Dakota State University to develop a graduate program in public health to

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