Marita Murrman

Marita Murrman

Marita Murrman

Professor in Sociomedical Sciences at CUIMC
Sociomedical Sciences
Chair, Master's Program in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences


722 W168th St., 9th Floor, Room 938

New York City NY 10032

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Marita K. Murrman, EdD, MS is Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is Deputy Chair of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences' Master's Program and Director of the Certificate in Health Promotion Research & Practice. Dr. Murrman teaches required courses in theories of health behavior change, designing community needs & assets assessments, and multi-level intervention design. She is the Principal Investigator of the HRSA-funded, HHS Region II Public Health Training Center (PHTC), one of ten regional centers responsible for providing competency-based training to the public health workforce across the United States. The Region II PHTC provides training primarily for public health workers in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Between 2003 and 2019, Dr. Murrman was the Senior Education & Training Specialist for ICAP, a global leader in HIV/AIDS services, working with expert teams to design interventions and provide education and training to health care providers in a number of African countries.



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

Mailman Affiliations

Associate Director for Education, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion

Principal Investigator/Director, Region 2 Public Health Training Center


Editorial Boards

Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion

Other Affiliations

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, Public Health Infrastructure, Health Worker Education, Physician Education, Public Health Education

Select Urban Health Activities

Region II Public Health Training Center : The Region II Public Health Training Center (PHTC) is one of 10 Regional PHTCs across the United States. The Region II PHTC collaborates with the New York State Association of County Health Officials in New York, Rutgers School of Public Health Office of Public Health Practice in New Jersey, Impactivo in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the National Network of Public Health Institutes. The Center brings the expertise of faculty at the schools of public health and experience of leaders in public health practice together in order to design and offer high quality, distance learning training programs that are accessible 24/7 for current, primarily, governmental public health workers working in local, city, state health departments in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The primary focus of the training provided by the Region II PHTC is on workers developing skills related to systems thinking, persuasive communication, change management, and policy engagement. The Center also supports a limited number of student field placements and student faculty collaborative projects in local public health departments within the geographical area covered. The work of the Region II PHTC will ultimately result in a public health workforce that is better able to provide the 10 Essential Public Health Services to medically under-served communities throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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