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GSU’s New Dean Of The School Of Public Health Discusses Pandemic, Shares Vision For School

Dr. Rodney Lyn, who served as the interim dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University since 2019, was recently named to lead the school permanently.
Dr. Rodney Lyn, who served as the interim dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University since 2019, was recently named to lead the school permanently.
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Dr. Rodney Lyn, the new dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, says the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and has illuminated the inequities in society.

“If we take anything from this pandemic, I hope it’s the need to invest in a public health infrastructure,” Lyn said on Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look” while reflecting on the overall response to the coronavirus health crisis. “One of the reasons we’ve had such a challenge in responding in this pandemic is because of decades of underinvestment in public health.”

Lyn, who served on Georgia State’s Public Health Preparedness Task Force, talked with show host Rose Scott about the importance of investing in public health, GSU’s School Of Public Health response during the pandemic and his goals and vision for the school.

“I’m first really honored to have the opportunity to lead this school. I’ve been a faculty member in this school for many years, and I have a great affection for Georgia State for its unique role in really serving first-generation students, minority students and really being an engine for social mobility,” said Lyn.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.