UT Southwestern has established a new School of Public Health that will become a training ground for the next generation of leaders who will protect the health and well-being of communities everywhere. The COVID-19 pandemic has crystallized the critical need to prepare more leaders in fast-growing North Texas and across the country to oversee public health programs such as cancer screenings, vaccinations, and disease interventions in rural communities. The new research-intensive school will be dedicated to furthering science that addresses population health challenges and provides evidence-based input for policymakers navigating chronic and emerging public health crises. Approved by the UT System Board of Regents earlier this year, the School of Public Health is UT Southwestern’s fourth school. UTSW expects to begin admitting students to its first master’s and doctorate programs in 2023 and complete the school’s accreditation process by 2024.