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Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Professor Awarded Health Resources and Services Administration Grant for Public Health Training Center

Dr. Marita K. Murrman, professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for her program titled, “Public Health Training Centers”.   The total grant award of $3,069,880 is for four years, commencing July 1 and concluding on June 30, 2022. The Region 2 Public Health Training Center, one of ten regional centers, is responsible for providing competency-based training to the governmental public health workforce and supporting a limited number of MPH student internships and faculty and student collaborative projects in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

[Photo: Dr. Marita K. Murrman]

The Region 2 Public Health Training Center is a partnership of two Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited schools of public health, including the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Rutgers School of Public Health Office of Public Health Practice. The Center also partners with Impactivo (a consulting organization in Puerto Rico), the St. Croix Foundation located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the New York State Association of County Health Officials.

Dr. Murrman directs the Certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice and teaches required courses in theories of health behavior change, community needs and assets assessments and advanced intervention design. She is also the associate director of Education for the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.  Since 2004, Murrman has also been the Senior Education and Training Specialist for ICAP, the global leader in HIV/AIDS services, working with expert teams to design and evaluate interventions and provide education and training. Prior to her current positions, Dr. Murrman was director for Professional Education at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded National Tuberculosis Center at Harlem Hospital. In this capacity, she helped design and evaluate TB/HIV training programs for medical residents and attending physicians, most of whom were international medical graduates.