Heather Krasna, PhD

  • Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Health Policy and Management


Heather Krasna is a public health workforce researcher, higher education career services practitioner, career coach and author. She is co-author of 101+ Careers in Public Health, 3rd Edition, and author of Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service. She currently serves on several national and international committees, such as the de Beaumont Foundation's National Consortium for Public Health Workforce, ASPPH Framing the Future Task Force and Data Committee, and World Federation of Public Health Associations Education & Training Working Group. She provides training to health departments on strategic hiring approaches and recruitment marketing. Her research focuses on employment outcomes of public health graduates, labor market competition for graduates, and the governmental public health workforce. As Associate Dean of Career and Professional Development at Columbia Mailman, she leads efforts to ensure positive post-graduate outcomes for Mailman students. She has more than 24 years' experience in providing individual career advising to students and professionals from backgrounds including elected officials, university faculty and staff, senior researchers, nonprofit and government executives, career changers, and others.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Health Policy and Management

Administrative Titles

  • Associate Dean, Career Services

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MS, 1997 New School University
  • BA, 1997 University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • PhD, 2020 Maastricht University
  • 2020 Teachers College Columbia University

Committees, Societies, Councils

First Destinations Task Force Committee, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Data Committee, ASPPH

Consultant, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Phi Beta Kappa

Honors & Awards

Dean's‚ Award for Excellence in Administrative Leadership

Provost's Award for Massive Open Online Course Design


Research Interests

  • Healthcare Policy
  • Public Health Education