Shannon Marquez, PhD

  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Faculty Advisory Committee Member, Columbia Global Center I Paris & Nairobi
  • Faculty, Columbia Water Center
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Dr. Shannon Marquez is the Dean of Global Engagement and Director of the Columbia University Center of Undergraduate Engagement (UGE). UGE enhances access and support for global opportunities and brings students and faculty together in a central location that creates a hub of global activity, leveraging the Columbia Global Center networks in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; and partnerships around the world. Prior to joining Columbia University, Dr. Marquez was the Vice Provost for International Development and a Professor of Global and Environmental Health, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University, where she also served as the Founding Director of the Drexel Global Health Initiative and the Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program which supported 3 to 6 month MPH practica, co-op/internship experience, and field-based research in 36 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia; and she developed and launched CHE-community health and environment in Cuba-a faculty-led intensive field course taught in Cuba, in partnership with the University of Cienfuegos and CIVITAS. An experienced senior international officer, global health scholar, public health engineer and environmental scientist, Dr. Marquez has garnered international recognition for her work on achieving the SDGs in low- and middle-income countries with a particular focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); the global water crisis and impacts on global health; and the environmental burden of disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Marquez has held distinguished international faculty appointments at The University of The Gambia and Gambia College School of Public Health; the Universite Gaston-Berger de Saint-Louis in Senegal; as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sante Publique (or EHESP, The French School of Public Health), and the University of Sheffield (UK) School of Health and Health Related Research (ScHARR); and as an Associate Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine-Center for Global Health.

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Faculty Advisory Committee Member, Columbia Global Center I Paris & Nairobi
  • Faculty, Columbia Water Center

Administrative Titles

  • Dean, Undergraduate Global Engagement
  • Ex-Officio Member, Advisory Committee, Columbia World Projects

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 1992 Prairie View A&M University, Benjamin Banneker Honors College
  • MS, 1993 Texas A&M University, College of Engineering
  • PhD, 1998 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


Research Interests

  • Community Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal and Reproductive Health
  • Public Health Education

Selected Publications

JJ Nutor, JC Slaughter-Acey, S Marquez, et al. (2020) Impact of attitudes and beliefs on antiretroviral treatment adherence intention among HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women in Zambia. BMC Public Health. 2020;20(1):1410. Published 2020 Sep 16. doi:10.1186/s12889-020-09505-8

JJ Nutor, JC Slaughter-Acey, S Marquez, R DiMaria-Ghalili, F Momplaisir, L Jemmott (2020). Influence of toilet access on antiretroviral adherence intention among pregnant and breastfeeding women who are HIV-positive and enrolled in Option B+. Health Care for Women International. 1-15. 10.1080/07399332.2020.1746791.

K. Ogebule, P. Ramirez, S. Marquez, E. Opong, N. Varjavand, I. Roia, B. Macamo. What has changed as a result of having access to water in rural communities in Gaza, Mozambique? Annals of Global Health, 83 (1): 188-189 (Feb 2017)

M. TatahMentan, S. Marquez, G. Hamra, A. Asmare, N. Ugabinema, B. Nsanzumuhire, G. Gitau. Evaluation of the health impact of a water, sanitation and hygiene intervention in Mugombwa Refugee Camp, Rwanda. Annals of Global Health, 83: 1: 190 (Feb 2017)

Alexandre Delamou, Bienvenu Salim Camara, Sidikiba Sidibé, Jean Pe Kolié, Achille Diona Guemou, Maya Ronse, Almudena Marie-Saez, Shannon Marquez,Therese Delvaux and Johan van Griensven. Profile and reintegration experiences of Ebola survivors in Guinea. Trop Med Int Health. 2017 March; 22(3):254-260.

Newcomer E, Boyd C, Marquez S, Opong E, and Holm R, Reducing the burden of rural water supply through greywater reuse: A case study from northern Malawi. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply 2017004; DOI: 10.2166/ws.2017.004

Liu L, Yang X, Liu H, Wang M, Welles S, Márquez S, Frank A and Haas CN (2016). Spatial-Temporal Analysis of Air Pollution, Climate Change and Total Mortality in 120 Cities of China, 2012 - 2013. Front. Public Health 4:143. doi: 10.3389/ fpubh. 2016. 00143.