Office of the Dean

Message from the Dean:

Welcome to our New Normal

As the Dean of the College of Health Sciences (CHS), I want to convey this message of hope, resilience and endurance for our chairs, students, faculty, staff and community.

As we prepare to close the first chapter of the pandemic season, it is hard to imagine that a virus from a remote corner of the world would shake the lives and living conditions of communities and institutions at such unprecedented speed and scale.

The daily images of sorrow and despair in the media depicting the horrendous effects of COVID 19 on lives, businesses and institutions have bruised our individual, as well as our collective sense of well-being.

With the fall semester starting, we must ask ourselves how can deans, chairs, faculty, and staff decide how to best design a better learning experience while balancing campus health concerns. How can we prepare your courses for great online discussion that engages faculty members and students alike?

As students, you have had to deal with the destabilizing demands of a changed learning environment. Accordingly, we want you to be reassured of our determination to assist you with your preparations for completing your education.

As you are taking courses (hybrid and/or online) during this extraordinary new normal, we applaud each of you for rising to the challenges faced to ease the social burden. We also want to assure you of our responsibility to support all members of our academic family and the society-at-large. In your plans to continue with your education at JSU, please know that you can reach out to us for advice, guidance or just the connection needed in this unprecedented time.

Jackson State University (JSU) – under the direction of President Thomas Hudson; Dr. Alisa Mosley, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Brandi Newkirk-Turner, Associate Provost; and Dr. Joseph Whittaker, Vice President for Research & Economic Development – has had a seamless record of assisting JSU in not only regaining its footing but also charting new frontiers of hope, resilience and social justice.  Let us charter our journey on the fine examples of our JSU leaders by standing ready to play our part in turning this challenge into wisdom.

Collectively, the College of Health Sciences, Public Health, will implement a project this year, funded by the CDC Foundation, “A COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies: Using Evidence Based Public Health Practices in African American Communities.”

The College of Health Sciences plans to hold retreats and a series of meetings on what actions to take that will be meaningful and purposeful.

In short, as you continue under the new normal, let us remember that we all can change these challenges into opportunities.

I am looking forward to an exciting new normal with wisdom and prudence.

Girmay Berhie, PhD