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Seeking a Chair, Department of Public Health

New York Medical College (NYMC) School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP), invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair for Public Health. We seek an accomplished professional from academia, government or the health care industry with broad and substantial experience in administration, teaching, and conducting research and outreach in one or more fields of public health. This position reports to the dean of SHSP.

The Chair will provide academic and administrative leadership to SHSP’s newly-realigned Department of Public Health with 15-20 full-time faculty, some 130 adjuncts including the public health officers in 11 local county and city health departments, and 300-350 full- and part-time students. The department offers CEPH-accredited MPH degree programs with specializations in behavioral sciences and health promotion, environmental health science, epidemiology, health policy and management, a Dr.P.H. degree program, and houses the public health practicum program. The department also offers MS degree programs – in epidemiology and biostatistics – and advanced certificate programs in children with special health care needs, emergency preparedness, environmental health, global health, health education (CHES eligibility), industrial hygiene (CIH eligibility), and public health. On-campus evening classes and distance-learning formats are both supported.

The Chair for Public Health will ensure excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and community outreach and service, leveraging and expanding collaborations with SHSP’s centers of excellence and departments of physical therapy and speech-language pathology, with other NYMC schools, and with numerous external partners in community-based organizations, health centers and hospitals, and health departments and other government agencies. The Public Health Department’s primary catchment area encompasses a highly diverse population of 4 million in urban, suburban, and rural settings, immediately adjacent to New York City and its 8-9 million residents. 

NYMC is strategically located in the intellectually vibrant northeast corridor, just 15 miles north of New York City in suburban Westchester County.  This location offers access to rich cultural and research opportunities and enhances the educational opportunities afforded by the region’s diversity, and the College’s historic and broad involvement with socially, economically, and ethnically diverse populations. NYMC, founded in 1860, is one of the nation’s oldest private medical and health sciences educational institutions, and has been a member of the Touro College and University System since 2011.  

Applicants must have the following qualifications: a doctoral-level degree (Ph.D., M.D./D.O., Dr.P.H.); demonstrated expertise in and a record of relevant contributions to one or more public health disciplines; administrative and management experience; and a commitment to teaching and mentoring students and faculty, as well as to research and community service. Significant accomplishments in teaching and research in public health or a related discipline and/or experience in the practice of public health at the federal, state, or local level are also highly desirable.Faculty appointment is anticipated at the professor or associate professor rank, subject to board approval.


Submit a current curriculum vita and a letter addressing professional experience and qualifications specifically highlighting experience in teaching, mentoring, administration, and conducting research and outreach activities. Applicants are also encouraged to submit evidence of teaching excellence, program accomplishments, and productive scholarly research. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled with a preferred start date in the summer of 2017.All positions are subject to Board and budget approval.

All application materials should sent to Verne Smith, assistant dean: hrrecruiter@nymc.edu

NYMC is committed to achieving excellence through diversity and inclusion, and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. NYMC is an equal opportunity employer. In keeping with the traditions and policies of NYMC, applicant diversity reflecting all self-identified gender, racial, social and economic groups is encouraged.