Search for the Dean of the School of Public Health

I am pleased to announce that Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS will become the Dean of the UIC School of Public Health, effective September 1, 2017, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Dr. Giles is currently the Director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His past work experience has included studies examining the prevalence of hypertension in Africa, clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering agents, and studies examining racial differences in the incidence of stroke. Prior to running the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Dr. Giles led the Division of Population Health at the CDC for six years. The Division of Population Health is one of the most diverse divisions at the CDC with programmatic and research activities in community health promotion, arthritis, aging, health care utilization, and racial and ethnic disparities in health.

Dr. Giles has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards for his scientific work including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Charles C. Shepard Award in Assessment and Epidemiology and the Jeffrey P. Koplan Award. Dr. Giles holds a BA (Biology) from Washington University in St. Louis, an MS (Epidemiology) from the University of Maryland, and an MD from Washington University, and has completed residencies in both Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland. Dr. Giles joined the CDC in July 1992.

The School of Public Health is a critical part of UIC and its mission is dedicated to protecting and improving the well-being of the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the nation, and the world through education, research, service, and policy creation. I am confident that Dr. Giles has the public health experience and administrative skills necessary to advance the mission of the college and expand its impact. He will be a great asset to our University and our local and global community.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Lorraine Conroy for her leadership as Interim Dean of the School of Public Health. We are fortunate to have her knowledge and experience, and I very much appreciate her hard work steering the college while we conducted the search for a permanent dean.

I also thank the members of the search committee for the commitment of their time and dedication to this important process.

I hope you will join me in welcoming Dr. Giles to his new role at our university.


Robert A. Barish
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs