The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) is a university-wide center which was founded in 2007 by the Provost’s Office. We promote interdisciplinary research, education and practice in public health.

The CPHI acts as the organizational home and academic base for Penn’s multi-disciplinary, inter-school Master in Public Health (MPH) degree program, which is one of the first multi-school accredited MPH Programs in the U.S. Learn more about the MPH degree.


diagramOur Mission

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Public Health Initiatives' mission is to educate and train public health leaders and practitioners, foster multi-disciplinary collaboration, and promote excellence in public health research and community partnerships. To achieve this mission, we:

  • Enhance public health visibility and focus, and provide an institutional home for public health in the University
  • Support and foster growth of our world-class, multidisciplinary Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program
  • Provide high quality learning opportunities, seminars and institutes for students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners
  • Foster the application of evidence-based approaches and experiences in public health, emphasizing translation of science into sustainable health improvements in communities
  • Facilitate collaboration for public health related research, involving faculty in multiple existing centers, institutes, and departments across the university

Our History

The Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI)

The CPHI was founded in 2007 by the University of Pennsylvania to act as an interdisciplinary public health center that brings faculty staff and students from across Penn's campus. The CPHI mission is to improve health and quality of life by expanding and strengthening public health education, research and practice, fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration, and promoting meaningful community/academic partnerships. The Founding Director of the CPHI was Dr. Marjorie Bowman, until 2012 when she left UPenn to become the Dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. The current Executive Director of CPHI is Dr. Jennifer Pinto-Martin.


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Jennifer Pinto MartinJennifer Pinto-Martin PhD, MPH, is the Executive Director for CPHI and oversees all education, research and action initiatives. She is also the Director of the recently-funded Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (CADDRE). The University of Pennsylvania Center is one of five such Centers funded by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work collaboratively to understand the causes of autism and the reasons for its recent increase in prevalence nationwide. The CADDRE is also engaged in research on early screening and identification of ASD, nursing care for families with children newly diagnosed with ASD, sleep disorders in children with ASD, and the psychological health of siblings of children with ASD.

Dr. Pinto-Martin served as the President of the Society for Pediatric Epidemiologic Research and is currently on the Editorial Board for the journal Pediatric and Perinatal Research. She served as a special consultant to the National Institutes of Health on their research initiative on autism during 2001.

Dr. Pinto-Martin teaches undergraduate "Statistics" with a focus on the real world application of statistical knowledge. In addition, she teaches an "Introduction to the Principles" and " Methods of Epidemiology," a course that is very popular with researchers who want to learn about the techniques of epidemiologic research.


Rosemary FrassoRosemary Frasso PhD, MSc, CPH, is the Director of Education for the Master of Public Health program and is a lecturer in the Schools of Nursing and Social Policy & Practice (SP2). Prior to coming to Penn Dr. Frasso earned two Masters Degrees at the Harvard School of Public Health (one in Maternal Child Health and the other in Society, Human Development and Health) and she holds national certification in Public Health (CPH). Dr. Frasso’s research employs qualitative methods to explore the challenges faced by marginalized groups navigating the healthcare system. She is a member of the Mixed Methods Research Lab Faculty and an LDI Senior Fellow.


Karen GlanzKaren Glanz PhD, MPH, is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology and Nursing and Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also Co-Director, with Dr. Kevin Volpp, of a new UPenn Prevention Research Center, which is being funded by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control in 2014. She is a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute on Health Economics and a Distinguished Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. She was previously at Emory University (2004-2009), the University of Hawaii (1993 to 2004), and Temple University (1979-1993).

Karen Glanz’s work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition and other disciplines, her research in community and health care settings focuses on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs; obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; cancer prevention and control; chronic disease management and control; reducing health disparities; and health communication technologies. She is a member of the US Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Her scholarly contributions consist of more than 380 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Glanz is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and has been designated a Highly Cited Author by, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period.


Heather KlusaritzHeather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW, is an instructor and health services researcher with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and lecturer at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Heather is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice (MSW 2002, PhD in 2012). Her research interests focus on the intersection between health care and social welfare policy, specifically access to health care for marginalized populations and the design of health systems to eliminate disparities in health access and outcomes. Current research endeavors include: 1) training models for health care professionals to work with vulnerable populations in the era of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 2) the impact of Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) status of primary care providers on patient clinical outcomes in transitions in care, and 3) patient perceptions of PCMH status of their primary care providers and the impact on the care they receive. Ms. Klusaritz has significant teaching experience with MSW, MPH, and medical students as well as Family Medicine residents in the areas of health disparities, social determinants of health inequities, health policy, and social welfare policy. In 2009 she was awarded the President's & Provost's Citation for Exceptional Commitment to Graduate & Professional Student Life, at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her research and teaching, Ms. Klusaritz works collaboratively with multiple community partners throughout West Philadelphia to improve the health of underserved communities. She has served as a faculty advisor for the United Community Clinics in West Philadelphia for the past decade, recently completed an assessment and planning study for a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the Parkside community, and is the co-founder of Service Link, a program where trained undergraduate and medical students connect patients to critical social welfare benefits, help navigate health system access, and medical-legal advocacy.


Sara SolomonSara Solomon, RD, MPH, currently serves as the Deputy Director for the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Public Health Initiatives.┬áMs. Solomon is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin. Her previous experience includes leading nutrition and physical activity policy initiatives for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public health (PDPH). She has also done extensive work in obesity-prevention school-based initiatives at Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), and the University of Minnesota’s Division of Epidemiology.


Moriah HallMoriah Hall, MPH, currently works with the University of Pennsylvania as the MPH Associate Director. In this role, Moriah meets with students as an academic and programmatic advisor, works with faculty to maintain the curriculum, oversees the admission process, assists with student registration, and maintains CEPH accreditation requirements. She completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Delaware and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Temple University.

Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, Moriah served as the Master of Public Health Coordinator, Harrisburg Campus, for the Department of Public Health at Temple University. Moriah was previously a Project Managerfor the Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization, The Food Trust. Moriah serves as an Advisory Board member to Healthy NewsWorks, a grass-roots nonprofit organization that emphasizes health education and literacy, empowering students ages 8-14 to promote health awareness in their schools and communities. Her public health interests include health literacy, social determinants of health, reproductive health, and food access.


Elizabeth DeviettiElizabeth Devietti, MPH, MURP, currently serves as the Program and Communications Specialist for the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI). She manages public health programming and media content for both CPHI and the MPH Program while also engaging in research projects with students and community organizations. Her public health interests include active design, the built environment, and injury prevention. Elizabeth received her Master of Public Health and Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Monique Shaw, MPH, CPH, CHES, currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Master of Public Health Program. In this role Monique is responsible for supporting the needs of current students, managing student recruitment efforts, providing academic and professional career advising, serving as a liaison between the Penn MPH program and community sites, and coordination of all aspects of course creation, management, evaluation, and outcomes. She completed her Bachelor of Science at Howard University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

Previously, Monique served as the Assistant Program Director and Coordinator for Public Health Practice within the Department of Health Policy and Public Health at The University of the Sciences. Additionally, she served as the Outreach Projects Manager at Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC) where she was responsible for administering public health projects, trainings, and publications in support of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Monique is currently a doctoral student in Health Policy at the University of the Sciences and her public health interest include maternal and child health, health disparities, and health policy. She is certified in Public Health and Certified as a Health Education Specialist.

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