Steve Shortell is the former Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, followed by a master's degree in public health at UCLA and his MBA and PhD at the University of Chicago. Shortell was recruited to the University of Washington in 1974, where he aided in the creation of a National Center for Health Services Research. In the 1980s, he was offered a position in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he remained there for several years before joining UC Berkeley as a faculty member in the School of Public Health in 1998. Shortell served as dean of the school from 2002 until 2013. In this interview, Shortell discusses his education, his research and publications on the measurement and improvement of health care delivery, and his experience with academic administration in his time at the School of Public Health.