Kathleen MacVarish, MS
Associate Professor of the Practice
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

MS, University of Massachusetts Lowell




Kathleen oversees the workforce development programs in the Office of Lifelong Learning at the Boston University School of Public Health and has a faculty appointment in the Environmental Health department. She taught MPH courses that focused on environmental health, community engagement, and public health preparedness and she designs and delivers online, classroom, and blended trainings for the public health workforce. Kathleen is Principal Investigator (PI) for the Local Public Health Institute of MA and the School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development and incoming PI for the New England Public Health Training Center. A number of workforce development programs and courses under her direction have received state and national recognition for innovation, quality, impact, and best practices. Kathleen was a local Board of Health Agent in Massachusetts for 15 years and also directed local tobacco control programs and worked as a Sanitarian/Inspector in California and New York. She has been a Registered Sanitarian since 1986 and currently holds national (Registered Environmental Health Specialist) and state (Registered Sanitarian) credentials. She received a BS in Food Science from Cornell University and an MS in Environmental Studies from UMass Lowell. In 2012 she graduated from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute and in 2018 she completed the Instructional Technology Design Certificate program at UMass Boston. Kathleen’s professional activities have included a variety of appointed and elected positions in national and state associations. She served by Governor appointment as chair of the MA Board of Registration of Sanitarians. She is a past-president and active member of the Massachusetts Health Officers Association. She is a former executive board member of the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association (MEHA) and an active member in MEHA and its parent organization, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Kathleen’s work in the Office of Lifelong Learning contributes to its mission to provide affordable opportunities for professional growth by building and improving the specialized and strategic competencies of public health workers who are on the front lines delivering essential public health services.

Director of Practice Programs
Boston University School of Public Health
Lifelong Learning



2017 National Network of Public Health Institutes: Network Member Impact Award - Blended Management Course for Public Health Professionals
2017 Massachusetts Environmental Health Association: Sanitarian of the Year (Robert C. Periello Merit Award)
2016 National Environmental Health Association: Certificate of Merit - Food Inspector Training
2016 BUSPH: Teaching Award
2015 National Environmental Health Association: Certificate of Merit - Meritorious Contributions on behalf of Environmental Health
2014 BUSPH: Teaching Award
2013 MA Health Officers Association: Michael D. Saraco Award
2013 National Association of County and City Health Officials: Model Practice - E-Learning Series
2012 National Association of County and City Health Officials: Model Practice - Public Health Inspector Training
2012 Association of Schools of Public Health: Best Practice - Using Online Technology to Support Training
2011 MA Environmental Health Association: Innovation Award - Housing Inspector Training Program
2008 BUSPH: Teaching Award
2008 MA Health Officers Association: Curtis M. Hilliard Award
2006 MA Environmental Health Association: Vartkes "Vic" Karaian Award - NEAPHWD and Foundations of Public Health Course
1999 MA Health Officers Association: John Crowley Award
1997 MA Health Officers Association: President's Award
1995 American Lung Association of Greater Norfolk County: Local Hero
1994 MA Health Officers Association: President's Award


Local Public Health Institute of MA
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS CDC


Local Public Health Institute of MA
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health


16 Training Audit - LPHI
07/01/2017 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
Health Resources in Action, Inc.


MAPHIT/DIG Support/Modules Development Project
10/01/2014 - 06/30/2018 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS CDC


Local Public Health Institute of MA
08/13/2012 - 06/30/2017 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS CDC
U90TP000527

"Orientation for New Local and Regional Health Officials" Training development partnership
04/01/2016 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
Massachusetts Health Officers Association


Multidisciplinary Public Health and Healthcare Coalition Development, Stakeholder Engagement, and Meeting
07/15/2014 - 06/30/2015 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS ASPR
5U90TP000527-03

Public Health and Healthcare Coaltion Planning and Facilitation project
07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS ASPR


Multidisciplinary Healthcare Coalition Development
11/15/2012 - 06/30/2014 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS CDC


Online Learning Modules for Multidisciplinary Information Sharing
11/15/2012 - 06/30/2013 (Subcontract PI)
Comm. of Mass./Department of Public Health HHS ASPR


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  1. MacVarish K, Kenefick H, Fidler A, Cohen B, Orellana Y, Todd K. Building Professionalism Through Management Training: New England Public Health Training Center's Low-Cost, High-Impact Model. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2018 Sep/Oct; 24(5):479-486.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28991053
     
  2. Worden Kenefick, Hope MSW, PhD; Ravid Sharon MPH; MacVarish, Kathleen REHS/RS, MS; Tsoi, Jennifer MPH; Weill, Kenny MS; Faye, Elizabeth BS; Fidler, Anne MS, ScD. On Your Time: Online Training for the Public Health Workforce. Health Promotion Practice. 2014; Suppl 1(15):48S - 55S. View Publication
  3. Kenefick HW, Ravid S, MacVarish K, Tsoi J, Weill K, Faye E, Fidler A. On your time: online training for the public health workforce. Health Promot Pract. 2014 Mar; 15(1 Suppl):48S-55S.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24578365; DOI: 10.1177/1524839913509270;
     
  4. Hyde J, Arsenault L, Waggett J, Mills B, Cox H, MacVarish K, Fried L. Structural and organizational characteristics associated with performance of essential public health services in small jurisdictions: findings from a statewide study in Massachusetts. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2012 Nov; 18(6):585-94.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23023284
     
  5. Hyde, J, Cox H, MacVarish K, Wilkinson G. Massachusetts Public Health Practice-Based Research Network: Generating evidence to improve the equitable delivery of public health services across the Commonwealth. Leadership in Public Health. 2012.
  6. MacVarish K, Moultrup D, Ward SJ. Meeting the environmental health training challenges of the local public health workforce in Massachusetts. J Environ Health. 2010 Jan-Feb; 72(6):50-2. PMID: 20104835
     
  7. MacVarish K. Undergraduate Environmental Health Internship Program Guide for Massachusetts Environmental Health Association. 2007.
  8. MacVarish K. Reference Manual for Food Protection Programs - co-developer with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts Health Officer’s Association. 1994.

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