Marita Murrman

Marita Murrman

Marita Murrman

Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center
Director, Certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice


722 W168th St., 9th Floor, Room 938
New York City NY 10032
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Marita K. Murrman, EdD, MS, directs the Certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice and teaches required courses in theories of health behavior change, community needs and assets assessments, and advanced intervention design. She is also the Associate Director of Education for the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. Dr. Murrman is the principal investigator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Health and Human Services' Region 2 Public Health Training Center, one of ten regional centers responsible for providing competency-based training to the governmental public health workforce in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since 2004, Dr. Murrman has been the Senior Education and Training Specialist for ICAP, a global leader in HIV/AIDS services, working with expert teams to design interventions and provide education and training in a number of African countries. Prior to her current positions, Dr. Murrman was Director for Professional Education at the CDC funded National Tuberculosis Center at Harlem Hospital Center. In this capacity, she helped design, implement, and evaluate TB/HIV training programs for medical residents and attending physicians, most of whom were international medical graduates.



EdD, 1993, Teachers College, Columbia University
MS, 1977, Boston College
BS, 1972, Boston College

Mailman Affiliations

Senior Training and Education Specialist, ICAP
Associate Director for Education, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
Director/PI, Region 2 Public Health Training Center

Editorial Boards

Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion
Health Promotion Practice

Columbia Affiliations

Member, Columbia University Wellness Advisory Committee

Other Affiliations

Member, deBeaumont Foundation Expert Panel to Develope Distance Learning Standards, 2015-present
Member, American Public Health Association, 1994-present
Member, Society for Public Health Education, 1994-present

Areas of Expertise

Community Programs and Outreach, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Health Worker Education, Physician Education, Public Health Education, Public Health Infrastructure, HIV/AIDS

Select Urban Health Activities

Region 2 Public Health Training Center : The Region 2 Public Health Training Center is a partnership of two Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited schools of public health, including Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Rutgers School of Public Health. The Center also partners with the New York State Association of County Health Officials, and Impactivo, a social impact consulting firm in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Center's mission is to enhance the current and future public health workforce's ability to effectively deliver the Essential Public Health Services (EPHS) to the populations of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Approximately, 25,000 public health workers in state and local health departments provide the EPHS in Region 2. In order to fulfill its mission, the Center works directly with each partner's health department and/or federally qualified health center to target its efforts to meet the high priority training needs of health and public health workers. Specifically, the Center: assesses the public health workforce's training needs at each affiliated health department and/or federally qualified health center; assists in the planning and development of training programs to meet identified high priority needs; trains the public health workforce through face-to-face and distance-based learning opportunities; arranges collaborative projects for faculty members and MPH students to enhance public health services to medically under-served communities; and, establishes and strengthens field placements for MPH students in public health departments and federally qualified health centers to ensure the growth and skills of the future public health workforce.

Select Global Activities

ICAP, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Virgin Islands, U.S., Zambia: ICAP's primary focus is on HIV prevention, care, and treatment. ICAP uses lessons learned in this area to address other challenges such as malaria, tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases, and maternal and child health. To date, ICAP has addressed major public health challenges and the needs of local health systems through more than 5,750 sites across 30 countries. As Senior Education and Training Specialist for ICAP, Dr. Murrman is currently working with ICAP experts, CDC, WHO, the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN) and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to create a sustainable, ministry-led training program, modeled after CDC's Field Epidemiology Training Program, and aimed at developing Infection Prevention Control (IPC) specialists with the knowledge and skills to advance IPC in Sierra Leone. The IPC Certification Training Program will serve as a pilot program in the MoHS Nursing Directorate's proposed Continuing Professional Development Unit supported by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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