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MPH program chair named

Mary-Katherine Smith, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH, has been named chair for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) College of Graduate Health Studies. She joined ATSU in 2007 and previously served as an associate professor for the MPH program.

Dr. Smith holds a doctorate of public health with an emphasis in social and behavioral sciences from the University of North Texas Health Science in Fort Worth, a master’s in rural public health from Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, and a bachelor’s in biology from Texas A&M University. She is also a master certified health education specialist and is certified in public health.

Dr. Smith has extensive experience in epidemiology, program planning, community health, and public health preparedness, with experience working in the non-profit sector, government sector, and academia. Prior to academia, she was the first full-time pandemic influenza program planner in the state of Texas at Dallas County Health and Human Services. She has also served as a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association as well as former chairman of the American Heart Association Cultural Health Initiatives Tarrant County Task Force. Dr. Smith is also a member of the American Public Health Association, as well as the National Rural Health Association where she serves as a member of the Multiracial and Multicultural Conference Planning Committee.

She will begin her position as chair on Dec. 1, 2014.

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