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.
We work to improve health and quality of life by expanding and strengthening public health education, research and action, fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration, and promoting meaningful community/academic partnerships.
To achieve this mission, we have structured leadership and focus in public health education, research and action.
Our primary objectives include:
- Provide visibility and focus for public health in the University, leading to an expansion in Public Health activities and cross-disciplinary collaboration
- Complement existing and emerging Penn entities and programs to foster world-class, well-integrated education and research programs that further the mission of public health
- Provide an organizational home and academic base for Penn's multidisciplinary, interschool MPH degree program and encourage the development of new public health education programs
- Encourage recruitment and retention of multi-disciplinary public health leadership and faculty
- Foster the application of practical approaches and experiences in public health, emphasizing translation of science into sustainable health improvements in domestic and international populations and communities
- Facilitate inter- and intra- school communication about and collaboration for public health related research involving faculty with the multiple existing centers, institutes, and departments across the university and with community partners
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.
- Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH, Executive Director
- Rosemary Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH, Director of Education
- Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, Director of Research
- Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW, Director of Community Engagement
- Sara Solomon, MPH, RD, Deputy Director
- Moriah Hall, MPH, MPH Program Coordinator
- Elizabeth Devietti, MPH, MURP, Program and Communications Specialist
Jennifer Pinto-Martin 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 Frasso 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 Glanz 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 ISIHighlyCited.com, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period.
Heather Klusaritz 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 Solomon, RD, MPH, currently serves as the Deputy Director for the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Public Health Initiatives. Ms. 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). Ms. Solomon 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 Hall, MPH, currently works with the University of Pennsylvania as the MPH Program Coordinator. 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.