Dr. Enid Schatz has been appointed as the next Chair of the Department of Health Sciences in the School of Health Professions.  Schatz currently serves as Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department and is a Core Faculty member in the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies, and an Affiliate of the Department of Sociology.

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.

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. At its core, her research seeks to enhance understanding of the ways that the HIV epidemic affects older persons’ lives, households and communities. Older Africans at risk for and living with HIV have been overlooked in both the policy and health care arenas; Dr. Schatz’s most recent work brings these individuals to the center and addresses unanswered questions about how to tackle their current needs and those that are likely to emerge in the future. Dr. Schatz’s work has been disseminated in over 30 peer-reviewed publications and at numerous national and international conferences.

She will officially begin her duties as Department Chair on August 1, 2018.