Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, an alumna of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is the new associate dean for public health integration at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. In this role, she joins the dean’s executive team and will provide senior-level leadership, facilitate cross-campus collaborations, and lead an expansion of public health research, education, and service.
Dr. Furr-Holden received her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1999. She received her BA from Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in 1996. She held various positions at Johns Hopkins, and in January 2016, she became a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Flint Campus.
Dr. Furr-Holden has served as the interim director of the Division of Public Health at the College of Human Medicine since July 2017 and was named director, effective June 1. An epidemiologist by training, Dr. Furr-Holden has spent the past 20 years conducting research to ameliorate behavioral health inequities. She is the director of the National Institutes of Health-funded Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions and maintains a research portfolio that addresses the social determinants of behavioral healthFriday Letter Submission, Publish on July 19