Kadetz named new director of Master of Public Health program and chair of the Department of Public Health

Dr. Paul Kadetz of the Marshall University College of Health Professions has been named chair of the Department of Public Health and director of the college’s Master of Public Health program.

Kadetz has over 30 years of experiencing working in health care, in addition to extensive years of teaching and academic administrative experience, which made him the perfect fit for this position, according to Dr. Michael Prewitt, dean of the college.

"Dr. Kadetz will have a dual role in the college as both chair of the Department of Public Health and director of the Master of Public Health program," Prewitt said. "Paul’s broad areas of expertise include international health and development, critical medical anthropology, global policy making and global health. He has worked as a research consultant and a facilitator and rapporteur for the Western Pacific Region Office of the World Health Organization. We are thrilled that he has chosen to share his wealth of knowledge with our students at Marshall University."

Prior to coming to Marshall, Kadetz served as the director and curriculum designer of the undergraduate program in public health for the University of Liverpool in China and the global health program at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Kadetz also served as a research associate for both the Refugee Studies Centre and the Department of Primary Care Health Services at the University of Oxford. Currently, Kadetz is a senior research fellow at his previous employer, The University of Liverpool (in China), and is also a lecturer and associate of the China Centre for Health and Humanity at University College London.

Kadetz has conducted research concerning HIV and post-disaster recovery in New Orleans; the multiple layers of causality of chronic malnutrition in indigenous Guatemala; health care integration in a decentralized health care system in the rural Philippines; the adoption of policies for "traditional medicines" in the Western Pacific region; and the impact of China’s long-term aid to Africa on health care systems in Madagascar and Morocco.

This July, Kadetz received funding from the Medical Research Council and Newton Fund of the United Kingdom and the National Science Foundation of China as a co-investigator and lead on a three-year mixed-methods research project concerning the causality and perceptions of antimicrobial resistance in rural China. He has published his research extensively in peer-reviewed journals and books and his co-edited volume, "The Handbook of Welfare in China," is due out later this year by Edward Elgar Publishing.

Kadetz completed his doctorate in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford and holds an M.Sc. (with distinction) in medical anthropology from Oxford; an M.P.H. in International Health and Development from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; an M.S.N. as an adult nurse practitioner with a focus in forensic nursing from Vanderbilt University; a post-master’s certificate in teacher education from the University of Pennsylvania and clinical degrees with extensive clinical practice as a critical care RN (B.S.N.) and an Acupuncturist/Chinese Medicine Herbalist (M.S.O.M.). If this weren’t varied enough, in his youth, Kadetz attended The Juilliard School.

He said his unique work and educational experience has led him to this current stage in his career.

"I’m very excited to be at Marshall and to be working with high caliber colleagues in an expansive, growing environment. I very much share Dean Prewitt’s vision of interdisciplinary collaboration throughout the university. This expansiveness and growth, in addition to the serious need for community health outreach in the region, is what drew me to Marshall," Kadetz said.

Kadetz said his first tasks as chair involved solidifying joint Pharm.D./M.P.H. and M.D./M.P.H. programs. He said he also is eagerly anticipating collaborations between the M.P.H. and other graduate degree programs at Marshall. Additionally, Kadetz is convening a cross-disciplinary, university-wide seminar series on local and global health challenges that will commence in October.

In addition to the concentrations in global and community health and research, evaluation and policy, Kadetz is designing a sub-specialization in rural health to prepare public health students who can address rural health needs both locally and internationally. This development would make Marshall one of the only M.P.H. programs in the world to offer a concentration in rural health.

Full-time students can expect to graduate in two years with part-time and online options available to those who cannot attend full-time classes. The program is currently accepting applications for admission for the Spring 2017 semester. For more information on the Department of Public Health, visit www.marshall.edu/public-health or www.marshall.edu/cohp.


Photo: Dr. Paul Kadetz is the new chair of the Department of Public Health at Marshall University. He will also serve as director of the department’s Master of Public Health program.