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Message from the Chair of Public Health

Mark KittlesonOn behalf of the Department of Public Health, welcome! I am pleased to have you studying with us for your public health degree.

I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health, which houses behavioral health sciences, biostatistics, emergency preparedness, epidemiology, global health, health care administration, health education, health policy and management, and industrial hygiene. Most recently, I served as dean of the School of Health and Human Performance at SUNY Brockport, a school with some of the largest majors in the college including nursing, kinesiology, sports studies, and physical education (KSSPE), public health and health education, healthcare studies and recreation and leisure studies.     

Previously, I served as the department head for public health at New Mexico State University (NMSU), where I oversaw both a CEPH-accredited program, a bachelor's in public health, and a master's in public health offered online and in the traditional format. I began my teaching career at Southern Illinois University (SIU) where I worked with hundreds of graduate students and chaired or served on more than 60 thesis committees and more than 70 dissertations.

My research focuses on the use of technology within the profession of health education/health promotion and public health. I created the HEDIR (a large health education listserv with nearly 2,000 members) that has been used by the profession for nearly 25 years, as well as The International Electronic Journal of Health Education, the first completely online peer-reviewed health education journal I have also done work on determining the effectiveness of sexuality education, service learning, mentoring and parental involvement in the reduction of teen pregnancy in New Mexico.

I am excited to be joining one of the most vibrant and important public health programs in the region. It is my goal to ensure that the Department of Public Health provides the knowledge and skills you seek to become a successful public health practitioner. We want to do all we can to ease your path. To that end, I have put together a roadmap to assist you in navigating the NYMC website. Below you will find links to information on our school’s services.

Finally, if you are a faculty member, public health student, or an alum of our program, and if you have good news, please click here to fill out the Faculty Good News form. We want to brag about your accomplishments whether it’s a publication, presentation, an honor, a new job, as well as personal good news.

If you have any questions about your program here at SHSP, please do not hesitate to contact my office. I look forward to meeting you, and to working with you as you complete your degree at New York Medical College.

Mark J. Kittleson, Ph.D.