Drew Gilpin Faust is the 28th President of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. As president of Harvard, Faust has expanded financial aid to improve access to Harvard College for students of all economic backgrounds and advocated for increased federal funding for scientific research. She has broadened the University’s international reach, raised the profile of the arts on campus, embraced sustainability, launched edX, the online learning partnership with MIT, and promoted collaboration across academic disciplines and administrative units as she guided the University through a period of significant financial challenges. She is the author of six books, including This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (2008), for which she won the 2009 Bancroft Prize, the New-York Historical Society’s 2009 American History Book Prize, and which was recognized by The New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2008.” It is the basis for a 2012 episode of the PBS American Experience documentaries titled “Death and the Civil War,” directed by Ric Burns. Learn more.
Julio Frenk: Since January 2009, Dr. Julio Frenk is Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Frenk served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, where he introduced universal health coverage. He was the founding director of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico and has also held leadership positions at the Mexican Health Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Carso Health Institute. Dr. Frenk holds a medical degree from the National University of Mexico, as well as a Masters of Public Health and a joint doctorate in Medical Care Organization and in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He has been awarded three honorary doctorates. He is a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico. In addition to his scholarly works, which include more than 130 articles in academic journals, as well as many books and book chapters, he has written two best-selling novels for youngsters explaining the functions of the human body. In September of 2008, Dr. Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing “the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health.” Learn more.
Panel 1: The Digital Revolution and the Science of Education
Rishi Desai is currently a medical educator at the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization. His goal is to generate open-sourced, high-quality medical and health education content available to anyone, anywhere. Dr. Desai is a pediatric infectious disease physician who has mentored trainees at every stage of his career. He has been awarded numerous teaching accolades and his passion for teaching eventually brought him to the Khan Academy. In his early years, Dr. Desai had an accelerated early education, completing high school and receiving his BS in Microbiology from UCLA by the age of 18. He completed his medical training at UCSF and went on to work at prestigious medical centers including those affiliated with Harvard University, Boston University, University of Southern California, and Stanford University. He returned to UCLA to earn his MPH in epidemiology, and then spent two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer investigating disease outbreaks. As the team lead for medical partnerships at the Khan Academy, Dr. Desai brings his expertise in pediatric infectious diseases and public health to the Academy’s ~6 million unique users per month. Learn more.
David Hunter, Vincent L. Gregory Professor in Cancer Prevention, is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Hunter’s principal research interests are the etiology of cancer in women, particularly breast, ovarian, and skin cancer. He is an investigator on the Nurses’ Health Study, a long-running cohort of 121,000 US women, and is project director for the Nurses’ Health Study II, a newer cohort of 116,000 women. Dr. Hunter collaborates with investigators in Tanzania to understand the relationship of nutritional status to progression of HIV disease and perinatal transmission. He is the Director of HSPH’s Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology and is the Principal Investigator in a number of ongoing breast and prostate cancer studies. He co-chairs the Steering Committee of the NCI Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium, and is co-Director of the NCI Cancer Genetic Markers of Susceptibility (CGEMS) Special Initiative. He serves on two NAS Institute of Medicine Committees; one looking at breast cancer and the environment and another discussing a new taxonomy for disease. Learn more.
Sukon Kanchanaraksa, PhD is Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). The Center supports all educational programs and activities of the School by providing pedagogic consultation to faculty, producing online academic and training courses, massive open online courses and OpenCourseWare, and facilitating student learning by developing tools and applications for a proprietary course management system. Dr. Kanchanaraksa is also Associate Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology. His research interest is in the area of occupational and environmental epidemiology. He studied health outcomes of employees in the pulp and paper mill industry, cancer cluster in office workers exposed to electromagnetic fields, and asthma in children exposed to household allergens. He is also Associate Chair of the Master of Public Health Program. He has taught the online ‘Fundamentals of Epidemiology’ course for the past 15 years, and is faculty sponsor or co-sponsor of two online certificate programs – Training Certificate in Public Health Practice and Training Certificate in Quantitative Methods in Public Health. He has particular interest and expertise in program and curriculum development in the health and public health disciplines, and has served on numerous committees, task forces, and groups responsible for review, revision, and development of public health curriculums. He was the past chair of the Council on Learning Futures, one of the councils of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
Robert A. Lue is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University, where he is responsible for fostering innovative teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and elevating its profile on campus. Rob earned his PhD in biology from Harvard and has taught undergraduate courses since 1988, garnering recognition as one of Harvard’s foremost leaders in undergraduate education. Rob has a longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research and serves as the director of Life Sciences Education at Harvard, where he led a complete redesign of the introductory curriculum that created some of the largest and most popular science courses on campus. As the faculty director of the Harvard-Allston Education Portal, Rob oversees the integration of undergraduate education with community outreach on Harvard’s Allston campus, and in 2012, Rob’s extensive work on using technology to enhance learning took a new direction when he became the faculty director of HarvardX. At HarvardX, Harvard’s university-wide initiative that includes the edX partnership in online education with MIT, Rob helps to shape the university’s engagement in online learning in a way that reinforces its commitment to teaching excellence and works to expand its reach and impact globally.
Laura Magaña Valladares has a bachelor’s degree in Education, a master’s degree in Educational Technology and a PhD in Educational Administration. She is a certified trainer in the cognitive programs of the Hadassah-Wizo-Canada Research Institute of Israel. Dr. Magaña is Academic Dean of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, a position she has held for nine years leading. In this position, she has led the most important educational and technological innovations at the school in its 92 years of existence. Dr. Magaña has dedicated more than 30 years to higher education in public and private universities in Mexico; educational organizations in the USA; and United Nations programs and NGOs in Central America and Europe. Among her multiple positions are the following: Advisers’ Coordinator in the Special Education Department of Mexico State; Educational Consultant for UNICEF; Dean of the School of Education Universidad de las Américas; Executive Director of the Mexican-American Institute of Cultural Affairs; Consultant for the International Educational Programs, Denmark Government; General Academic Coordinator, Anáhuac University; Educational Consultant, Easter Seals, Michigan, USA; Dean, School of Education and Human Development, La Salle University. She has also been a teacher, trainer, and lecturer in diverse forums in national and foreign universities and her area of research is learning environments and the use of technology in education. Learn more.
John R. Finnegan, Jr., PhD is Professor and Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, a position he has held since 2004. He has more than 25 years’ experience in public health research and teaching, specializing in community and media campaigns aimed at health behavior and social change. He holds MA and PhD degrees in Mass Communication that he earned from the University of Minnesota’s Journalism School in 1978 and 1985, respectively. He joined the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in 1980 as a research assistant, and the faculty in 1986, where he developed a research and teaching program focusing on public health and the mass media. Most of his research has involved large-scale community studies of prevention intervention efforts in heart disease, cancer, youth health, and alcohol. Central to his research is the issue of socio-economically driven inequities in population exposure to health information, part of the larger problem of health status inequities. Learn more.
Panel 2: Reinventing the Classroom, Campus and Community for Learning and Teaching
Erin Driver-Linn is Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Director of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT). As Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Erin and the Office of Institutional Research produce internal and external research projects to support university priorities. Her office addresses a range of strategic issues, from Harvard’s competitive environment and globalization to the future of research funding and changing trends in admissions and financial aid. She also oversees institutional reporting of data to the Department of Education, the production of the University Fact Book, and the coordination of university accreditation. As Director of HILT, Erin helps facilitate faculty experimentation with innovative pedagogies and works to forge collaborative ties among teaching and learning experts within and beyond the university. Before joining the Office of Institutional Research in 2008, Erin was Associate Director for Research at the Bok Center and Lecturer in the Harvard Department of Psychology, where she received her PhD in experimental social psychology. Learn more.
David A. Garvin is the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He joined the Business School faculty in 1979 and has since then taught courses in leadership, general management, and operations in the MBA and Advanced Management programs, as well as serving as chair of the Elective Curriculum and faculty chair of the School’s Teaching and Learning Center. Professor Garvin’s research interests lie in the areas of general management and strategic change. He is also deeply interested in case method teaching. He is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Rethinking the MBA (selected by Strategy + Business as one of the Best Business Books of 2010); more than thirty articles, including “Change Through Persuasion” and “What You Don’t Know About Making Decisions;” eight CD-ROMs and videotape series, including A Case Study Teacher in Action; and over fifty HBS case studies, multimedia exercises, and technical notes. Professor Garvin received an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1974, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T. in 1979, where he held a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship. Learn more.
Denise Koo, MD, MPH is Director, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development, CDC. This Division houses several key CDC training and workforce development programs with a total of over 300 trainees each year, including the Epidemic Intelligence Service, an ACGME-accredited Preventive Medicine Residency, and other scientific fellowships in public health informatics and prevention effectiveness. It also oversees continuing education for public health and health care professionals, a Career Paths to Public Health program, and the academic partnership cooperative agreements, including one with the Association of Schools of Public Health. Dr. Koo is a graduate of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and Preventive Medicine Residency. Her career path at CDC has included positions overseeing operation of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, and as Director of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Informatics. Dr. Koo holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Global Health and of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and Visiting Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center. Learn more.
Ian Lapp, PhD is Associate Dean for Strategic Educational Initiatives and Lecturer on Global Health at Harvard School of Public Health, 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 ASPPH and is currently a member of the Framing the Future Taskforce. Dr. Lapp is a member of the CEPH Council, which oversees institutional accreditation in public health, and is a member of the board of directors for 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. 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 MPH degree.
William M. Sullivan is Senior Scholar at the Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College and Founding Director of the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers project at the University of Denver. He was formerly Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching where he co-directed the Preparation for the Professions Program, comparing education across professions. The project resulted in studies of preparation for law, the Jewish and Christian clergy, engineering, nursing, and medicine. Sullivan’s most recent work has concerned the intersection of liberal education and professional preparation. His most recent book is the co-authored Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession. He is the author of Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America, and co-author of Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law as well as A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice. Sullivan’s scholarly interests include the philosophy and sociology of culture and he is co-author of Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life and The Good Society. Prior to his work at the Carnegie Foundation, Sullivan was professor of philosophy at La Salle University. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Fordham University.
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH is dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of over 265 peer-reviewed publications and has received numerous awards, including the Director’s Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She also is Vice-Chair for the Task Force on Community Preventive Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Rimer was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2008 and appointed by President Obama to chair the President’s Cancer Panel in 2011. Learn more.
Panel 3: Assessing Learning for Action and Impact
Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD, MPH, is Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine, founding director of the MPH Program, and Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life at the University of Virginia. She works on numerous community health projects at the local, state, and national level, including serving on the Thomas Jefferson Health District’s Leadership Council for the community assessment and planning project called MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) and the Virginia Department of Health’s Public Health Law Project. She teaches courses on public health policy, ethics and law in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, medical school, and law school. Bernheim also currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); as a member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners; and on the ASPPH Task Force on Framing the Future of Public Health Education and the MPH Expert Panel. She recently served as Chair of the CDC’s Ethics Subcommittee for three years and as president of the Virginia Public Health Association. She is co-director of the ethics committee of the Public Health Leadership Society and works nationally with members of the public health workforce, including with the National Association of County and City Health Officials on an ethics project. Learn more.
Lori Breslow, PhD is the founding Director of the Teaching & Learning Laboratory (TLL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An internationally recognized expert in teaching and learning in higher education, she conducts research on the development, diffusion, and assessment of educational innovation, particularly in science and engineering. She is currently leading a joint MIT-Harvard research project to analyze data from edX’s first MOOC, “Circuits and Electronics.” She was the co-director of the Teaching for Learning Network, a collaboration between MIT and Cambridge, and she has spoken on university-level teaching and learning at Harvard, Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), among others. She consults on MIT’s partnerships to create new universities in Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and Russia, and she was a visiting scholar at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town and the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown University. She is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Learn more.
Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A recipient of the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, he is a leading thinker of education and human development. He has received honorary degrees from twenty-nine colleges and universities. He has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, and professional ethics. For the last several years, he has worked in various capacities with Harvard undergraduates and is now undertaking a study of liberal arts and sciences in the 21st century. Gardner’s recent books include Good Work, Changing Minds, The Development and Education of the Mind, Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons and Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed. His latest book, The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, is being published in the Fall of 2013. Learn more.
Nancy M. Kane is Professor of Management in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Associate Dean for Case-Based Teaching and Learning at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kane directs the Masters in Healthcare Management Program, an executive leadership program created for mid-career physicians leading healthcare organizations, and led the development of an interdisciplinary, case-based approach to teaching core public health skills to professional-track masters students. She teaches in Executive and Masters Degree programs in the areas of health care accounting, payment systems, financial analysis, and competitive strategy. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the ASPH-Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. Her research interests include measuring hospital financial performance, quantifying community benefits and the value of tax exemption, the competitive structure and performance of hospital and insurance industries, nonprofit hospital governance, and the viability of safety-net providers. Professor Kane consults with a wide range of federal and state agencies involved in health system design, oversight, and payment. She recently completed two terms as n a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an agency advising the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare Program. She also served on the Massachusetts Special Commission on Health Care Cost Containment in 2009. Dr Kane earned her Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Learn more.
Kathleen R. Miner, PhD, MPH, MEd, MCHES is the Associate Dean for Applied Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Prior to her position at Emory, Kathy worked for the Georgia Department of Human Resources in the Division of Public Health. She also spent ten years as a secondary science education teacher. During her professional career, she has served as the Principal Investigator on grants and contracts totaling over $48 million in funding. These grants focus on the linkage among adult education, community-based interventions, AIDS education and training, competency-based instruction, workforce development, public health informatics, the public health preparedness and emergency response, and the integration of new professionals with those who have been in practice for many years. She has served as a national consultant on the development of professional competencies in the fields of science education and public health education. During her career she has been elected or appointed to a number of professional association positions including member Board of Directors of the American Association for Health Education, chair of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of American Public Health Association, president of the Georgia Public Health Association, commissioner on the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing, and a counselor on the Council on Education for Public Health. Learn more.
Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, DTMH became the first full-time President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) on July 1, 2000. From 1996-2000, Dr. Spencer was Dean of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Prior to going to London, Dr. Spencer was Dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans from 1991-1996. During a career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Spencer served as an EIS Officer and at the field station in El Salvador. He founded and directed the CDC research station in Nairobi, Kenya for 5 years (1979-1984) and then served as Senior Medical Officer at the Malaria Action Program of the World Health Organization in Geneva. Before going to Tulane in 1991, he was Chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch at CDC. Dr. Spencer received a BA from Haverford College, an MD from Johns Hopkins, an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and a DTMH from the University of London. He is board certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine. He was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Spencer was elected a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and to the US Institute of Medicine in 2003. ASPPH represents the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited schools and programs of public health. Learn more.
Panel 4: Public Health Education Unbound: Transforming the Field
Anita Berlin, has been an inner city family physician for 20 years and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at University College London. Her academic interests are medical education, and the quality and governance of educational and clinical institutions. Her work focuses on doctor–patient and student–patient relationships, and the leadership of learning in research intensive environments. She has used the practical application of theoretical models to address educational challenges – such as implementing a school-wide quality enhancement strategy, redesigning the Final Year program, devising professional assessments, and researching public involvement in the institution. She is lead for the Social Determinants of Health theme in the medical school and has worked on international educational development projects principally in Europe and Latin America. She is a member of the Board of Visitors of Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Berlin has a Masters in Professional Education from the Institute of Education, London, where she is completing a Doctorate in Education. In 2012 she was named a Faculty Role Model and received a University College London Excellence in Medical Education Award. Learn more.
Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD is Provost of Harvard University and the Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health. Before becoming the Provost at Harvard, Dr. Garber was the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor and a Professor of Medicine, as well as a Professor of Economics, Health Research and Policy, and Economics in the Graduate School of Business (by courtesy) at Stanford University. From 1997 to 2011, he was Director of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Health Policy at Stanford, and from 1986 to 2011 he served as a Staff Physician at the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Garber is an Elected Member of American College of Physicians, the Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and an Elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Dr. Garber graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with an AB in Economics in 1976 and received further degrees from Harvard University and Stanford University School of Medicine. Learn more.
Sue J Goldie, MD, MPH is the Director of Harvard Global Health Institute and the Roger Lee Irving Professor of Public Health. Trained as a physician and public health scientist, she has focused her career on improving the health of vulnerable populations, in particular women, across the globe. A MacArthur award recipient, she is renowned for rigorous scholarship, her ability to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations, and her commitment to translate new knowledge to policy. Dr. Goldie is a long-standing champion of interdisciplinary education and innovative pedagogy, teaches undergraduates and graduates, and has mentored scholars and practitioners of public health. She received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard University, several Harvard School of Public Health Teaching and Mentoring Awards, and Citations for Teaching Excellence in each of the last 11 years. In her leadership role at the Harvard Global Health Institute, she has prioritized ‘educational public goods’ as among the most important contributions of a university-wide effort – developing a conceptual framework for teaching and learning about world health across disciplines and sectors. At Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Goldie also serves as the Director of the Center for Health Decision Science, where she has published more than 200 scientific papers. In 2009, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and received the John Eisenberg Award for translation of research to practice. Learn more.
Chris Kaiser currently serves as MIT’s Provost. From 2004 until his appointment as Provost in 2012, Professor Kaiser served as the Head of the Department of Biology, where he led a period of growth and innovation. Professor Kaiser was named a MacVicar Fellow in 1999, an Institute honor reflecting outstanding undergraduate teaching, mentoring and educational innovation. Professor Kaiser has received honorary career development scholarships from the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust, the Searle Scholars Program and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011. Outside MIT, Professor Kaiser has served as a member of NIH CDF-4 Study Section; Special Master for Judge William Young, United States District Court; a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Mascoma Inc. (a cellulosic biofuels company); and a co-author of the widely used textbook Molecular Cell Biology. Professor Kaiser graduated magna cum laude with an AB in Biochemistry from Harvard University. He received his PhD in Genetics from MIT in 1987 and was a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, before starting as an Assistant Professor in the MIT Department of Biology in 1991. Learn more.
Donna J. Petersen, MHS, ScD is Dean of the College of Public Health, Interim Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of USF Health, and Professor of Global Health at the University of South Florida. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has held faculty and senior leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and served as Director of the Division of Family Health at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to maternal and child health, health care reform, and systems change and leadership, and has provided extensive technical assistance and training to over 25 state health departments. She has served on numerous boards, commissions, and task forces and is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, immediate Past-President of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and Chair of the Education Committee for ASPPH. She is also a member of the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Systems and Services Research Initiative, is leading the task force on the future of education in public health for ASPPH and serves on the Council on Education for Public Health. Dr. Petersen has received many honors for her work, and in August of 2011 she was presented a Distinguished Alumna Award by The Johns Hopkins University. Learn more.