Donna J. Petersen


Dr. Donna Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, is Dean of the College of Public Health, Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health, and the Chief Health Officer, University of South Florida. She earned masters and doctoral degrees in maternal and child health from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and is board certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. She has held leadership positions in the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. She is Editor Emerita of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, past president of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, past Chair of the Council on Education for Public Health, and past Chair of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. From 2011- 2015, she chaired the ASPPH-sponsored task force, Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education in Public Health. She is on the Hillsborough County Health Care Advisory Board, and is chair of the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg Board. She has been honored for her work by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and the American Public Health Association, and in 2011 was named Distinguished Alumna by The Johns Hopkins University.

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