On July 17, SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health announced the appointment of Dr. Denise M. Bruno, as associate dean for Global Engagement and director of the Center for Global Health. Dr. Bruno brings immense value from her past experiences in global health to her new roles, where she will oversee the global health initiatives and activities for the School of Public Health (SPH).
Dr. Bruno joined the Downstate Community as SPH faculty in 2007, served as interim chair for the department during the 2013-2014 Academic Year, and currently serves as associate professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences. She also served as co-director of the Global Health in Developing Countries elective for over a decade, working closely with Dr. Pascal James Imperato—SPH’s founding dean who established the program. This elective program has, to date, amassed participation from more than 454 students across 42 different resource-deprived countries.
In recent years, Dr. Bruno’s research has focused on understanding factors that influence parental decision-making about immunizations. The primary aims of her research are to identify potential areas of intervention to increase provider and patient acceptance of vaccine-preventable disease.
Dr. Bruno received her Master of Public Health degree in International Health from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, her MD degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bruno on her recent appointments.
Dr. Kitaw Demissie, Dean, SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health