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Research Expertise & Professional Interests 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.

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