Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

Full Time Faculty

Marilyn Aguirre-Molina, MS, Ed.D.

Rank: Professor
Office: Gillet Hall, Rm. 422C
Phone: 718-960-6928

Dr. Marilyn Aguirre-Molina is Professor of Public Health, the City University of New York - School of Public Health/Lehman, where she teaches graduate courses in health equity and social justice in the Lehman MPH program, and leadership for public health in the CUNY Graduate Center Doctor of Public Health program.  She is the founding executive director of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity (CIHE). The focus of Dr. Aguirre-Molina’s work at the CIHE is on applied research and policy development to address the social determinants of health and achieve equity among ethnic/racial populations in NYC.  Studies currently underway within CIHE:  Toward a Structural Analysis of Infant Mortality: An Analysis of the South Bronx, with Co-PI Mary Huynh, and, Andrew Maroko, Director of Environmental Audits; Interventions to Improve the Health of Men of Color; Evaluation of The Effect of Nutritional Labeling on Student Selection of Snacks in Campus Vending Machines.

Prior to CUNY, Dr. Aguirre-Molina was Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Before returning to academia, she served as the Executive Vice President of the California Endowment, and Senior Program Officer at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where she directed the public health portfolio.

With colleagues, she has edited several books on Latino health. Presently, she is preparing a two volume book for Prager Press on Latino health in the 21st Century. 

Dr. Aguirre-Molina has served on numerous national boards and committees. Among them the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences panel on Underage Drinking; and, was elected to the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association. With the support of a Fellowship from the WK Kellogg Foundation, she traveled extensively in Latin America, Caribbean and South Africa studying the political economy.

Luisa N. Borrell, DDS, Ph.D.

Rank: Professor
Office: Gillet Hall, Rm. 336
Phone: 718-960-8549

Dr. Luisa N. Borrell is a Professor at the Department of Health Sciences, Lehman College and the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health, and the Chair of the Department of Health Sciences, CUNY.

Dr. Borrell has a Ph.D. in epidemiologic science from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and an MPH from Columbia University’s School of Public Health. She also has a DDS from the School of Dental and Oral Surgeons at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine.

Her research interest is on race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and neighborhood effects as social determinants of health. She has directed Master (Columbia University) and Doctoral programs in Epidemiology (CUNY). Finally, Dr. Borrell has an extensive record in mentoring master and doctoral students as well as postdoctoral scholars.

Glen D. Johnson, MS, MA, Ph.D., SPH Campus Director at Lehman College

Rank: Associate Professor
Office: Gillet Hall, Room 413
Phone: 718-960-8670

Dr. Glen Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lehman College, City University of New York.  He has a Ph.D. in Quantitative Ecology, a M.A. in statistics and a M.S. in Ecology, all from Penn State University.  His undergraduate studies in environmental biology and chemistry were completed at the S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry in association with Syracuse University.  His Ph.D. dissertation was titled “Landscape Pattern Analysis for Assessing Ecosystem Condition”.

Glen’s cross-disciplinary career has included work as a biologist and statistician with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, addressing water and soil contamination issues; a consultant in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and statistics; a graduate research assistant in environmental and ecological statistics; and as a biostatistician for the New York State Department of Health.  Glen was also elected to the faculty of the University at Albany School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, where he co-developed and taught “GIS in Public Health”, mentored many graduate students and was actively involved in the MPH program.  Glen’s research has resulted in about 30 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters, and one book.  His current research interests are in geo-spatial aspects of health, with particular application to environmental and community-level social determinants of health outcomes.  More specifically, he is interested in health effects of the built environment; and also the development of community needs indices to assist public health agencies with resource allocation decision-making using evidence-based community risk assessment.

Juliana Maantay, M. Phil., Ph.D.

jmRank: Professor
Office: Gillet Hall, Room 325
Phone: 718-960-8574

Interests: environmental health justice, medical geography, geographic information science, urban environmental analysis, sustainable community-based development, participatory geographic information systems
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Andrew Maroko, M. Phil., Ph.D.

Rank: Assistant Professor
Office: Gillet Hall, Rm. 323
Phone: 718-960-1830

Dr. Maroko teaches in the Graduate Program in Public Health at Lehman College Department of Health Sciences.  The MPH Program is a consortial member of the CUNY School of Public Health. Dr. Maroko also serves as the associate director of the Urban GISc Lab at Lehman College and is also active with the Research Core of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity. His publications include work on environmental justice, exposure assessment, pollution modeling, spatial analysis, computational geography, urban health geographics, accessibility, and geovisualization.

Dr. Andrew Maroko’s research interest in health geographics centers on the spatial analysis of environmental health and equity issues. He received his Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences, with a specialty in geography/GISc, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His undergraduate degree in Biology was from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ.

Barbara Menendez, MPH, Ph.D.

Rank: Associate Professor
Office: Gillet Hall, Rm. 417
Phone: 718-960-8489

Dr. Barbara Menendez completed her primary and secondary education in Puerto Rico and received a B.A. in history at the University of Wisconsin. She obtained an MPH in Health Services Administration followed by a Ph.D. in Epidemiology; both degrees were from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Menendez joined the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and went on to be the first epidemiologist at the Rockland County Department of Health in 1985. Three years later she joined the faculty at Lehman College in the Department of Health Sciences. She conducted seminal research on HIV/AIDS among Puerto Ricans in New York City and was invited to the White House by First Lady Hillary Clinton to represent the Hispanic-Latina Health Professional Association and deliver a paper on the need for developing a policy enabling health care access for Hispanic women and children. In 1996 she received an Award by Proclamation from Ruth Messinger, President of the Borough of Manhattan, on behalf of the City of New York.  She joined the School of Public Health faculty in 2009 and has been the director of the B.S. program in Health Services Administration in the Department of Health Sciences since 2001.

Emma Tsui, MPH, Ph.D.,

Rank: Assistant Professor
Office: Gillet Hall, Rm. 422D
Phone: 347-577-4038

Dr. Emma Tsui received her B.A. from Yale University in Psychology, and her Masters of Public Health and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her dissertation, entitled “A Flourishing Life: The Quest for Work and Well-Being through Sectoral Job Training Programs,” was based on an ethnographic study of the lives and health of participants in entry-level job training programs in Baltimore, Maryland, and explored how health is molded to construct performances of employability. After completing her dissertation, Dr. Tsui worked with Professor Nicholas Freudenberg as a postdoctoral fellow at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College where she also taught in the Hunter College Masters of Public Health program.

As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Tsui participated in a range of policy and research projects primarily focused on the role of community mobilization and social movements in reshaping food systems to help achieve public health goals. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, and the Journal of Urban Health, and she is currently developing a new research project with colleagues at CUNY exploring the intersections of food systems change, economic livelihoods, and job quality for the members of the institutional foodservice workforce in New York City.

Jane Levitt, MPA, Ph.D., MPH Program Founding Director

Jane LevittRank: Associate Emeritus Professor
Office: Gillet Hall, Rm. 422D

Dr. Jane Levitt is the Founding Program Director of the Graduate Program in Public Health.  She received her BA degree in History from Barnard College, a Master in Public Administration (MPA) in Health Services Administration from New York University (NYU) and her Ph.D. in Health Politics also from NYU.  She has been teaching at Lehman College for Thirty-two years.  Originally a faculty member in, and the Director of, the Health Services Administration Program,  In n 2002 the Lehman College Provost asked Professor Levitt to develop a Master of Public Health Program at the College.  The Lehman MPH Program was the first public health graduate program in the Bronx and is still the only public university MPH degree program in the Bronx.  The Lehman MPH Program enrolled its first students in spring 2006, was accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2010 and is now a consortial member of the CUNY School of Public Health.

Professor Levitt is a founding member of the Bronx Health Literacy Collaborative, has served on the Board of the Public Health Association of New York City and been active in BronxCREED.  In her past she played guitar for a children’s show and, in the present, if she has any free time, she loves to walk in NYC, hike in the country, shop in Farmers’ Markets, read and watch movies.


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