Mark J. Kittleson, Ph.D., has joined the faculty of NYMC’s School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP) as professor and chair of the newly realigned Department of Public Health. The School of Health Sciences and Practice created the new Department of Public Health to integrate the public health areas of concentration, among them behavioral health sciences, biostatistics, emergency preparedness, environmental health science, epidemiology, global health, health care administration, health education, health policy and management, and industrial hygiene. The department also has become, for purposes of accreditation, NYMC’s entire public health “program” that currently has full accreditation through 2022.
Dr. Kittleson was selected for the position following a national search that included many qualified candidates. He most recently served as dean of the School of Health and Human Performance at SUNY Brockport, a school with some of the largest majors at the college including nursing, kinesiology, sport studies, and physical education (KSSPE), public health and health education, healthcare studies and recreation and leisure studies.
Previously, Dr. Kittleson served as the department head for public health at New Mexico State University (NMSU), where he oversaw both a CEPH-accredited program, a bachelor's in public health and a master's in public health, offered on-line and in traditional format. Prior to that, he was professor of public health education at Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he worked with hundreds of graduate students and chaired or served on more than 60 thesis committees and more than 70 dissertations.
Dr. Kittleson is most noted for his research and service in the use of technology within the profession of health education/health promotion and public health. He created the HEDIR (a large health education listserv with nearly 2,000 members) that has been used by the profession for nearly 25 years and he created The International Electronic Journal of Health Education, the first completely on-line peer-reviewed health education journal in 1997, which he sold to the American Association in Health Education in 2001. Dr. Kittleson continues to serve as a reviewer for that journal and almost all other health education journals in the profession. During his tenure at NMSU, he was a principal investigator of a federal grant to determine effectiveness of sexuality education, service learning, mentoring and parental involvement in the reduction of teen pregnancy in New Mexico. Dr. Kittleson has published nearly 90 peer-reviewed articles, given more than 144 presentations, published or edited 17 books, and secured more than $2 million in outside funding. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the American Association of Health Education (AAHE). He was named SIU’s College of Education and Human Services Researcher of the Year in 2003, the American Association of Health Education’s Scholar of the Year in 2008 and was the recipient of AAHE/HEDIR Technology Award in 2011.
“I am excited to be joining one of the most vibrant and important public health programs in the region,” said Dr. Kittleson.
“We are extremely pleased that Dr. Kittleson is joining our academic leadership team,” said Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the SHSP and vice president for government affairs. “His balance of research, teaching, and service will enhance the position of our public health program and the unique niche that we have created.”