Marita Murrman

Marita Murrman

Marita Murrman

Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center
Director, Certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice


722 W168th St., 9th Floor, Room 938
New York City NY 10032


Marita K. Murrman, EdD, MS, directs the Certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice and teaches required courses in theories of health behavior change, community needs and assets assessments and advanced intervention design. She is also the Associate Director of Education for the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. Dr. Murrman is the principal investigator of the HRSA-funded Health and Human Services' Region 2 Public Health Training Center, one of 10 regional centers responsible for providing competency-based education and training to the governmental public health workforce in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Since 2004, Dr. Murrman has been the Senior Education and Training Specialist for ICAP, a global leader in HIV/AIDS services, working with expert teams to design interventions and provide education and training. Prior to her current positions, Dr. Murrman was Director for Professional Education at the CDC funded National Tuberculosis Center at Harlem Hospital. In this capacity, she helped design, implement and evaluate TB/HIV training programs for medical residents and attending physicians, most of whom were international medical graduates.



EdD, 1993, Teachers College, Columbia University
MS, 1977, Boston College
BS, 1972, Boston College

Mailman Affiliations

Senior Training and Education Specialist, ICAP
Associate Director for Education, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
Director/PI, Region 2 Public Health Training Center

Editorial Boards

Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion
Health Promotion Practice

Columbia Affiliations

Member, Columbia University Wellness Advisory Committee

Other Affiliations

Member, deBeaumont Foundation Expert Panel to Develope Distance Learning Standards, 2015-present
Member, American Public Health Association, 1994-present
Member, Society for Public Health Education, 1994-present

Areas of Expertise

Community Programs and Outreach, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Health Worker Education, Physician Education, Public Health Education, Public Health Infrastructure, HIV/AIDS

Select Urban Health Activities

Region 2 Public Health Training Center : The Region 2 Public Health Training Center is a partnership of three CEPH accredited schools of public health, including the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Rutgers School of Public Health Office of Public Health Practice, and the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health, along with the University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center, and the not-for-profit New York State Association of County Health Officials. The Center's ability to effectively deliver the Essential Public Health Services (EPHS) to the populations of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Approximately, 25,000 public health workers in state and local health departments provide the EPHS in Region 2. In order to fulfill this mission, the Center works directly with each partner health department to tailor and target its efforts to meet the training needs of workers. Specifically, the Centers needs at each affiliated health department and assists in the planning and development of training programs to meet identified needs - Trains the public health workforce through face-to-face and distance-based learning opportunities - Arranges collaborative projects for faculty members and MPH students to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities - Establishes and strengthens field placements for MPH students in public health departments to ensure the growth and knowledge of the future public health workforce

Select Global Activities

ICAP, Botswana, Zambia: ICAP has worked to address major public health challenges and the needs of local health systems in more than 3,300 sites across 21 countries. The Nursing Education Partnership Initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of nursing and midwifery educational institutions and ensure the production of sufficient, well-trained, clinically competent graduates. NEPI is led in partnership with ministries of health and academic institutions and supported by PEPFAR through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve the quantity and quality of the nursing and midwifery workforce. NEPI currently supports programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia. Through its General Nursing program, ICAP is working to increase nursing and midwifery capacity to provide HIV and primary care services. ICAP partners with ministries of health and other stakeholders including nursing councils and training institutions with support from PEPFAR through HRSA and the CDC. ICAP currently supports programs in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, and Cote d'Ivoire to develop interventions and educational strategies based on demonstrated needs.
Afghanistan, Ethiopia

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