F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, MPH and Hala Madanat, Ph.D. are the very first and the current directors (respectively) of the San Diego State University School of Public Health. Here they are shown attending the reception organized for the presentation of the Sedgewick Medal, received by Douglas Scutchfield for outstanding career-long contributions to the field at the 2019 American Public Health Association annual meeting in Philadelphia. Dr. Scutchfield was the director of the School of Public Health (then known as the Graduate School of Public Health) from 1980 until 1995, before moving to Kentucky where he also founded their school of public health. Thus, he is the only Dean/Director who has started two schools of public health. Several directors and acting directors served between his departure and 20 years later, when Hala Madanat assumed the role in 2015. Both have shown unsurpassed commitment to improving the public health of all Americans. This was a memorable event and a good chance for the two directors to meet, and for all of SDSU faculty, alums and students to note the continuity in our 40 years of excellence in teaching, research and practice.
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