Shannon Marquez, M.Eng., Ph.D.
Shannon Marquez was appointed to the positions of Director of Global & Public Health Initiatives and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Drexel School of Public Health in September 2011. Her faculty appointment is Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.
Prior to joining Drexel University, Dr. Marquez was Associate Dean for Academic & Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Health Policy & Public Health at the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where she was primarily responsible for leading the strategic and academic planning process of the college. She was also largely responsible for leading college-wide efforts in faculty development, tenure and promotion, and the annual faculty evaluation process. She coordinated efforts to recruit and retain a diverse community of faculty, post-doctoral scholars, staff, and students to promote academic and co-curricular experiences. She managed all of the academic affairs of Mayes College, including new program development, accreditation self-study, and site visit activities, and she provided strategic direction for the collection of consistent and accurate data and metrics for internal and external use.
Prior to joining Mayes College, Dr. Marquez was Associate Professor and the Director of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program in the College of Health Professions at Temple University, where she was responsible for general daily oversight of all academic and administrative functions of the degree programs, including recruitment, enrollment management, student advising, academic success, and retention. Under her leadership, the department created several new degree programs, international articulation agreements, and research and exchange programs. Additionally, as Chair of the Accreditation Committee, she coordinated the strategic planning and self-study evaluation and periodic program review process for the Council on Education of Public Health (CEPH) accreditation of all public health degree programs in the college, including the B.S. in Public Health, the M.P.H. degree programs, M.S. in Environmental Health, M.S. in Epidemiology, and Ph.D. in Public Health. She also represented the college in all other related institutional academic affairs and self-study accreditation working groups, including the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). She was the Founding Director of the Temple Center for Global Health.
Prior to joining Temple University, Dr. Marquez was on the faculty at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston School of Public Health (UTSPH), where she was actively engaged in research, teaching, and practice in the Divisions of Environmental and Occupational Health, the Program in Global Health, the San Antonio Regional Campus, and the Center for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Marquez also worked in various faculty, research, training and administrative roles at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Dr. Marquez holds a Master’s in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. As an environmental health scientist and “public health engineer” she has garnered local, national, and international recognition for research and practice in the field of global environmental health, with expertise in safe water systems, health systems strengthening and health governance, agricultural health and sustainable solutions to address the environmental burden of disease, and health disparities in developing countries in Africa and underserved communities in the United States. She has a record of achievement and international collaboration in global health with governments (health ministries), educational institutions, health facilities, research societies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) throughout West Africa, including The Gambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, and Mali. She has successfully negotiated international (including transcontinental, intercontinental, north-south, and south-south) agreements and mobilized resources for research and training, faculty exchanges, workforce development, capacity building, and health systems strengthening programs.
During 2010-2011, Dr. Marquez served as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar through the European Commission on Higher Education/Europubhealth Consortium with the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP) in Rennes, France. At EHESP, she taught Intro to Public Health in Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Pedagogy with other global scholars. Currently, she teaches global health in the EHESP M.P.H. Program in Paris. Dr. Marquez shares a strong commitment to increasing diversity and she values strategic imperatives in global health and health disparities.
Dr. Marquez is a member of the Philadelphia Board of Health. She serves on the Board of Scientific Councilors of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry (ATSDR), having been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. In 2011, Dr. Marquez successfully completed training in the well-known Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program, an advanced administrative skills program for senior women in academic public health, medicine, dentistry, and engineering.