June 1, 2020


SUBJECT:    Appointment of the Founding Dean of the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science

It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Cheryl A. M. Anderson as the founding dean of the new Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, effective today, June 1, 2020.

Dr. Anderson holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently serves as professor and interim chair in the Department of Family and Public Health at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, where she also directs the UC San Diego Center of Excellence in Health Promotion and Equity. Anderson joined UC San Diego as an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health in 2012 after tenures at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Her research has long focused on connections between nutrition and chronic diseases, and the use of clinical trials and interventions to prevent risk factors for common maladies such as heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diet-related cancers and obesity. Anderson has published more than 170 scholarly papers and has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on dozens of studies. She was appointed to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advisory committee and the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, and she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016.

As the inaugural dean of the new Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, Dr. Anderson will be responsible for launching the new school and overseeing its management, academic planning, budget, personnel, resource allocation, and programs. She will play a major role in the planning and development of the academic curriculum and research portfolio. Given the interdisciplinary nature of education and research at UC San Diego, Dr. Anderson will explore opportunities to catalyze interactions among programs and foster a culture of learning across the continuum of biomedical research and education, including in partnership with the School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jacobs School of Engineering, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Rady School of Management, and other campus partners.

Dr. Anderson is perfectly positioned to lead our new school of public health and human longevity science. Her distinguished career in teaching, epidemiological research and higher education administration have forged an innovative, unified approach to public health. She shares the unique vision of Herbert and Nicole Wertheim to enhance/benefit/advance the well-being of individuals by implementing solutions to reduce or eliminate disparities in disadvantaged or underserved communities and improving the overall health of our communities.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Anderson on her new role.

Pradeep K. Khosla

David A. Brenner
Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences