Dr. Mark Williams has been named dean of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.
Dr. Williams’ public health career spans over 30 years, having published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.
Dr. Williams comes to UAMS from Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. From 2011 to 2013, he served as professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management and was appointed associate dean of academic affairs in 2012 and interim dean from 2013-2016.
Prior to that Dr. Williams served in academic roles at the University of Texas School of Public Health, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Rhode Island. He also worked in the private sector as vice president for behavioral research at NOVA Research Company and vice president of research and development at Affiliated Systems Corporation.
Dr. Williams was one of the first to study the epidemiology and prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in drug users and was an original contributor to the development of community-based prevention interventions with this population.
His research group was the first to establish injection drug use as a mechanism of HIV transmission in sub-Saharan Africa and to establish the effectiveness of brief internet interventions to prevent HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men in rural areas.
Dr. Williams received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1976 and Master of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska in 1979. In 1983, he received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Iowa.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 12