Dr. Marian Passannante has been appointed associate dean for education for the Rutgers School of Public Health. As associate dean for education, Dr. Passannante will provide the leadership and oversight of the curricula offered by the Rutgers School of the Public Health. As a founding faculty member of the School’s Newark Campus, she worked with faculty to develop the MPH program for this campus and helped to maintain a strong competency-based curriculum.
Dr. Passannante is an accomplished educator and mentor who has more than 30 years of experience in graduate education, in particular in the fields of public health and preventive medicine. She has seen her public health students successfully move on to competitive fellowship programs and job opportunities at local health departments, non-profit organizations, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; her most recent doctoral graduate is now an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions. Dr. Passannante has also worked to train the public health workforce in how to use epidemiology to enhance public health practice through the HRSA-supported New Jersey Public Health Training Center and the CDC-funded Global Tuberculosis Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to play an essential role in advancing the school’s academic program,” said Dr. Passannante. “I look forward to working with the faculty to better prepare current and future public health practitioners and researchers with the competencies necessary to promote the health of diverse populations.”