Lecturer on Global Health
Associate Dean for Strategic Educational Initiatives
Dr. Lapp was recruited to lead the school’s multi-year educational strategic planning process known as the “Roadmap to 2013,” a school-wide effort to mark its centennial in fall 2013. As the School implements its new educational strategy, Dr. Lapp continues to work across new and emerging educational initiatives including the redesign of the MPH and the design of a DrPH degree and a five-department PhD degree program in Population Health Sciences. He is also leading the School’s innovation efforts in technology and interactive learning including HarvardX, e-learning, and simulations. At the University level, he served as the inaugural co-chair of Harvard’s Teaching and Learning Consortium. At the national level, he has chaired a number of major committees for the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and is currently a member of the Framing the Future Taskforce. Dr. Lapp is a member of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Council, which oversees institutional accreditation in public health, and is a member of the board of directors for the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), which oversees the certification process of professionals in public health. In the international arena, he has worked extensively with public health programs in Africa, Asia, and Europe including playing a key role in the launch of the BRAC School of Public Health in Bangladesh. He is currently engaged in the Teaching to Transform Global Health Initiative supported by the Medtronic Foundation.
Dr. Lapp previously served as associate dean for academic affairs and education at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where he capped off a ten-year career there by co-leading the redesign of the school’s MPH degree, the nation’s largest professional master’s degree program. During his tenure at Columbia, he played a collaborative leadership role in the redesign of dozens of courses including the core courses, development of a number of degree concentrations including global health, launching of an undergraduate program in public health, designing of e-learning projects and high-tech classrooms and development of an extensive faculty development program in teaching.
Dr. Lapp received a BS degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned both a MA and PhD in sociology at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He also earned a MA in television, radio and film at the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communications.