Rutgers School of Public Health Associate Dean for Educational Program Development and Professor of Epidemiology, Dr. Marian Passannante, is being honored with the Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association.
The Abraham Lilienfeld Award is awarded annually to recognize individuals for their excellence in teaching epidemiology during the course of their career.
Dr. Passannante has taught epidemiology courses at the Rutgers School of Public Health for nearly two decades, mentoring hundreds of public health students who have gone on to work in governmental agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, in public health departments, and beyond. She’s taught courses in the principles and methods of epidemiology, intermediate epidemiology study design and survey research methods. In addition, Dr. Passannante has taught epidemiology to medical students at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School for over 30 years. In the classroom, Dr. Passannante is focused on providing her students with the skills they need to apply epidemiological theory to real-time problems in the field.
“I believe that students learn best when they are active participants in the learning process. For example, in my survey research class, students not only learn how to develop a survey instrument, but they go through the entire process of IRB approval, survey implementation, data cleaning, analysis and presentation so that when they finish the class they have gained skills that can be utilized when they enter the public health workforce.”
As the associate dean for educational program development, Dr. Passannante works to develop new innovative academic degree and non-degree offerings at the Rutgers School of Public Health. She works with faculty and staff to promote the effective use of online platforms to deliver course materials, supports the development of new programs across School departments, the university, and with other colleges and universities, and works with our global program to establish partnerships with international universities to provide our students with study abroad educational opportunities, further shaping the way in which students learn.
Most recently, Dr. Passannante has helped lead a summer experience for high school students – PHocus, which stands for Public Health: Outbreaks, Communities, and Urban Studies. Sixty-six high school students from thirty-nine high schools participated in mock outbreaks, hands-on population health and community disease activities, a laboratory session, and conversations with public heath scientists and practitioners, and hands-on, community-based activities to learn about public health.
“Working with high school students who are just discovering the field of public health was one of the highlights of my summer,” comments Dr. Passannante.
“Dr. Passannante’s commitment to pedagogy and the next generation of public health leaders, scholars, and practitioners makes her an incredibly deserving recipient of the Abraham Lilienfeld Award,” comments Rutgers School of Public Health Dean, Perry N. Halkitis. “The Rutgers School of Public Health congratulates Dr. Passannante.”
Dr. Passannante will be accepting the Abraham Lilienfeld Award at the Annual American Public Health Association Meeting in San Diego.