Civil engineering graduate named Drexel University's director of Global and Public Health Initiatives

The Drexel University School of Public Health recently welcomed Dr. Shannon Márquez as the new director for global and public health initiatives at the school Sept. 6.

Márquez also serves as the School of Public Health’s interim associate dean for academic affairs and joins the faculty as an associate professor of environmental and occupational health.

Marquez holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and engineering from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, a master's degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Prairie View A&M University.

Márquez is an accomplished educator, researcher, administrator and “public health engineer,” who has garnered local, national and international recognition for research and practice in the field of global environmental health. Her international areas of focus include safe water systems, health systems strengthening and health governance, and agricultural health. Márquez also lead research on sustainable solutions to address the environmental burden of disease and health disparities in developing countries of Africa, and has also worked in Asia, and Latin America and underserved communities in the United States.

She has a record of achievement and international collaboration in global health with governments (Health Ministries), educational institutions, health facilities, research societies and NGOs throughout West Africa, and recently completed an appointment as an Erasmus Mundus scholar with the Europubhealth Consortium at the University of Sheffield in the UK, and the French School of Public Health (EHESP) in Rennes, France.

“Given her great experience with global public health work, her knowledge of environmental engineering and health, her work in undergraduate public health and strong administrative experience, Shannon will be strong asset and advocate for our school,” said Marla J. Gold, dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health.  “She also shares our strong commitment to increasing diversity, and values strategic imperatives in global health and health disparities.”

Márquez leaves her position as associate dean for academic and faculty affairs, and associate professor of health policy and public health, at the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy at the University of the Sciences.

Prior to her work at Mayes College, she held positions at The University of Iowa College of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston School of Public Health, and at Temple University, where she was the MPH program director and founding director of the Temple Center for Global Health.  Dr. Márquez has served on the Association of Schools of Public Health Diversity and Global Health committees and is a Council on Education for Public Health trained site visitor.

She is also a member of the Philadelphia Board of Health, Board of Scientific Councilors at the Centers for Disease Control, and Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry.

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