Charting the Course of Healthcare
Welcome Back to a New Year and a New Semester! This year is already shaping up to be very exciting! We continue to grow in enrollments especially in Public Health. Public Health launched the Masters of Public Health as well as a 4 plus 1 program for those undergraduates who want to go on for their Masters. We welcome our new faculty and staff!
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Kim Jakubowski, Research Project Coordinator, is working with Dr. Tracy Perron on the Smart Nutrition and Collaboration in Kids (SNACK) grant. She has a background in Physical Therapy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
Deborah King, MSN, Clinical Site Coordinator/Lecturer is very well known to the Department as she served as an adjunct nursing faculty for TCNJ. She holds a Master of Nursing Science from Drexel University, with emphasis on education and faculty role and is a TCNJ alum earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her areas of interest are the neonatal and pediatric intensive care, quality and safety, and nursing education.
Yolanda Nelson, EdD, MSNed, RN-BC joins the Department of Nursing in a new capacity. She was our Clinical Site Coordinator/Lecturer and now is an Assistant Professor. She holds an EdD in Educational Leadership from Rowan University and a Masters in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Nelson is a proud TCNJ alum having earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from TCNJ!
Dara Whalen, PhD, MSPH, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNE, SANE will serve as the Graduate Nursing Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor. Dr. Whalen holds a PhD in Nursing from Barry University, a Post Masters Certificate in Nursing Education from University of Alaska Anchorage, a MS in Public Health, Public Health Nursing, from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a Post Masters Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Dominican College, and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Orange County College. Her areas of interest are public health nursing, sexual assault, and nursing education.
Livia Lazzaro, MA, BA, AA,is the new Public Health Internship Coordinator. She joins us from the Department of Communication Studies. Ms. Lazzaro holds a Master of Arts from Montclair State University, a Bachelor of Arts from Bloomfield College, and an Associate of Arts with specialization in Communication Studies.
Natasha Patterson, MPH is a Visiting Professor, this year. Ms. Patterson holds a Master of Public Health from Temple University, Certificate of Leadership from Next Generation Leadership Academy, Civitas Learning, Bachelor of Art in Sociology, Temple University, and is a PhD Educational Candidate at Capella University.
Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL. Dr. Renata Schiavo joins us as a visiting Associate Professor in Communication Studies and Public Health. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Clinical Biology; a Master of Arts with concentration in Journalism and Mass Communication. She most recently served as a Senior Lecturer at Columbia University mailman School of Public Health.
As the new year begins, we are excited and ready to take on new challenges. The School on the move continues to thrive thanks in large part to our alums and of course our great faculty, staff, and students. Here’s to a great year!
Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, ANEF
Carol Kuser Loser Dean/Professor
Message from Dr. Brenda Seals, Chair of Public Health
We look forward to your involvement and leadership in addressing community health issues using all of the tools of Public Health. And, welcome to our first cohort for the new Master’s of Public Health, class of 2020. If you are interested in the MPH, please reach out to Dr. Carolina Borges (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Also, seniors and juniors are eligible for the TCNJ or Rutgers’ “4 + 1” program where students can take up to 4 graduate level courses in their last 3-4 semesters that count both towards the BS and an MPH. This exciting opportunity allows for finishing the MPH within 14 months of graduating with a BS degree. Sign up today!
In our third year of the Public Health major, we are facing a number of challenges in Public Health locally and globally. New infectious diseases are appearing every year and many of the diseases of the past are re-emerging due to resistance from treatment (primarily antibiotics) and natural mutation. The health agency that tracks such developments like the flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dependent on congress to enact and fund programs. The new flu vaccine for this year will soon be available. We encourage you to take advantage of this potentially lifesaving shot.
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