Deans Kristofer Hagglund and Carolyn Henry are pleased to announce that Dr. Enid Schatz has been appointed as the first permanent Chair of the new Department of Public Health in the School of Health Professions and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schatz most recently served as Chair of the Department of Health Sciences and will continue in her role as Professor.
The new Department of Public Health is home to MU’s interdisciplinary Master of Public Health Program and, with Schatz’s leadership, will aggressively pursue the academic infrastructure required to advance public health education and research at the university. Dr. Schatz brings an extensive research portfolio and track record of successful leadership to the role. “I’m confident that Dr. Schatz is poised to build interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students that will be well-positioned to compete for funding, advance the science of public health and work together to solve some of our most pressing global health challenges,” Hagglund said.
Dr. Schatz has more than 15 years of experience conducting research on the intersections between HIV, gender and aging in sub-Saharan Africa. She focuses on the ways that social forces shape population health and health disparities in rural and urban African populations. She has been a lead and collaborating investigator on multiple research projects examining HIV, gender and aging, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the UK Medical Research Council, as well as a number of internal grants from the University of Missouri. She is an expert in mixed-methods research, using an innovative combination of qualitative and quantitative methods with an aim to improve measurement and understanding of gender and health in African contexts. Dr. Schatz’s work has been disseminated in over 30 peer-reviewed publications and at numerous national and international conferences.
Dr. Schatz has a MA in Demography and a PhD in Sociology and Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in 2017 was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Western Cape, outside of Cape Town, South Africa. She is also Core Faculty in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Sociology.
Schatz will officially begin her duties as Department Chair on July 1, 2019. Lise Saffran will continue to serve in the role of Program Director for the MPH Program.