Cheryl Healton

Cheryl Healton
Cheryl Healton

Founding Dean of School of Global Public Health

Professor of Public Health Policy and Management

Professional overview

For the last ten years, Dean Healton has devoted herself to building GPH’s academic, service, and research programs. The School has been accredited by CEPH, increased the size of its student body and research funding, recruited top faculty, added doctoral-level programs, and made diversity, equity and inclusion a priority.

Previously, as the founding President and CEO of Legacy, a leading organization dedicated to tobacco control, Dean Healton guided the national youth tobacco prevention campaign, which has been credited with reducing youth smoking prevalence to record lows, and launched programs for smoking cessation, public education, technical assistance, and a broad range of grant making.

Prior to joining Legacy, Dean Healton held numerous roles at Columbia University including Associate Dean of its Medical School, Assistant Vice President for the Health Sciences and Chairman of Sociomedical Sciences, and Associate Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health. She is an Emeritus Professor of Columbia University.

Dean Healton has authored over 120 peer-reviewed articles and has been awarded multiple grants in AIDS, tobacco control and higher education. She was the founding chair of the Public Health Practice Council of the Association of Schools of Public Health. As an active member of the public health community she has given presentations around the world and is a frequent contributor to national and local coverage of public health issues.

She holds a DrPH from Columbia University's School of Public Health (with distinction) and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU.

Education

MPA, Health Policy and Planning, New York University, New York, NY
DrPH, Sociomedical Sciences (with distinction), Columbia University, New York, NY

Areas of research and study

Public Health Law
Public Health Policy
Tobacco Control

Publications

Publications

Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment in the Dominican Republic: Perspectives of Focus Group Participants in the Santo Domingo Area

Parent-Level Barriers and Facilitators to HPV Vaccine Implementation in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Academic Public Health: 20-Year Update

Goodman, M. S., Plepys, C. M., Bather, J. R., Kelliher, R. M., & Healton, C. G. (n.d.).

Publication year

2020

Journal title

Public Health Reports

Volume

135

Issue

1

Page(s)

74-81
Abstract
Abstract
Objective: This study is a follow-up to an examination of the racial/ethnic composition of public health students (1996) and faculty (1997) at schools of public health that was conducted 20 years ago. We examined data on the race/ethnicity of students, graduates, and faculty among Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)–member institutions during 2016-2017 and how these data have changed in the past 20 years. Methods: We obtained data on the race/ethnicity of students (in 1996 and 2016), graduates (in 1996 and 2016), and faculty (in 1997 and 2017) at ASPPH-member institutions from the ASPPH Data Center. We tabulated frequencies, percentages, and 20-year percentage-point changes by race/ethnicity. We examined data for all current ASPPH-member institutions and for comparable subcohorts of 1996 and 1997 member institutions that are current ASPPH members. Results: In graduate student enrollment, the 20-year increase in each nonwhite racial/ethnic subgroup was ≤5 percentage points. Among tenured faculty, the 20-year increase was greatest among Asians (8 percentage points) but was <3 percentage points for black, Hispanic, and Native American faculty. Conclusions: The increasing racial/ethnic diversity among students, graduates, and faculty in schools and programs of public health contributes to parallel increases in racial/ethnic diversity in the public health workforce. Schools and programs of public health should recruit clusters of racial/ethnic minority students using holistic application review processes, provide enrolled students with racially/ethnically diverse role models and mentors, and dedicate staffing to ensure a student-centered approach. In addition, those who mentor racially/ethnically diverse students and junior faculty should be rewarded.

Evidence, alarm, and the debate over e-cigarettes

Fairchild, A., Healton, C., Curran, J., Abrams, D., & Bayer, R. (n.d.).

Publication year

2019

Journal title

Science

Volume

366

Issue

6471

Page(s)

1318-1320

The tobacco master settlement agreement - Strategic lessons for addressing public health problems

Healton, C. (n.d.).

Publication year

2018

Journal title

New England Journal of Medicine

Volume

379

Issue

11

Page(s)

997-1000
Abstract
Abstract
The 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between the tobacco industry and 46 state attorneys general (AGs), five U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C., remains the largest legal.

Pedagogical Scholarship in Public Health: A Call for Cultivating Learning Communities to Support Evidence-Based Education

Merzel, C., Halkitis, P., & Healton, C. (n.d.).

Publication year

2017

Journal title

Public Health Reports

Volume

132

Issue

6

Page(s)

679-683
Abstract
Abstract
Public health education is experiencing record growth and transformation. The current emphasis on learning outcomes necessitates attention to creating and evaluating the best curricula and learning methods for helping public health students develop public health competencies. Schools and programs of public health would benefit from active engagement in pedagogical research and additional platforms to support dissemination and implementation of educational research findings. We reviewed current avenues for sharing public health educational research, curricula, and best teaching practices; we identified useful models from other health professions; and we offered suggestions for how the field of public health education can develop communities of learning devoted to supporting pedagogy. Our goal was to help advance an agenda of innovative evidence-based public health education, enabling schools and programs of public health to evaluate and measure success in meeting the current and future needs of the public health profession.

The US Cancer Moonshot initiative

Tobacco control: How are we doing?

Healton, C. G. (n.d.).

Publication year

2016

Journal title

American journal of public health

Volume

106

Issue

7

Page(s)

1164-1166

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul with our Lives, Huffington

Healton, C., & El-Mohandes, A. (n.d.).

Publication year

2015

Journal title

The Huffington Post

To be ready for Ebola, hospitals need proper equipment, training and a plan

Healton, C., & Ogedegbe, O. (n.d.).

Publication year

2015

Journal title

The Huffington Post

Tobacco control since the 1964 Surgeon General's Report: Reflecting back and looking forward

What would it really take to halt Ebola and prevent future epidemics?

Healton, C., & Dickey, C. (n.d.).

Publication year

2014

Journal title

The Huffington Post

Public attitudes regarding banning of cigarettes and regulation of nicotine

Connolly, G. N., Behm, I., Healton, C. G., & Alpert, H. R. (n.d.).

Publication year

2012

Journal title

American journal of public health

Volume

102

Issue

4

Page(s)

e1-e2
Abstract
Abstract
Knowledge of current public opinion is important as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) applies the best scientific evidence available to tobacco product regulation. Based on a nationally representative survey of the US adult population, we report 43% support for banning of cigarettes, 65% for reducing nicotine, and 77% for reducing nicotine if such an action could cause fewer children to become addicted to cigarettes. The FDA should consider protecting children by removing all but nonaddictive cigarettes from the marketplace.

Who will deliver on the promise?

Northridge, M., & Healton, C. (n.d.).

Publication year

2012

Journal title

American journal of public health

Volume

102

Issue

1

Page(s)

17-21
Abstract
Abstract
The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Core CompetencyModel aspires to rigorously train future leaders of public health practice to direct and advance societal efforts that address socially rooted causes of health and illness. Although there is no proven formula for success, 3 principles derived from practice may guide the way forward: (1) institutionalize mutual learning and reciprocity between schools of public health and public health agencies and organizations, (2) capitalize on the full resources of the larger university to enrich the educational experiences of DrPH candidates and public health leaders, and (3) globalize the search for model DrPH programs that may be adapted for US schools. Schools of public health must ensure that DrPH programs gain the status and resources needed to fulfill their societal mandate.

Depictions of tobacco use in 2007 broadcast television programming popular among US youth

Cullen, J., Sokol, N. A., Slawek, D., Allen, J. A., Vallone, D., & Healton, C. (n.d.).

Publication year

2011

Journal title

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Volume

165

Issue

2

Page(s)

147-151
Abstract
Abstract
Objectives: To determine the quantity of tobacco use in network television programming popular among US youth and to examine variation in tobacco depictions by TV Parental Guidelines system rating and television network. Design: A content analysis was conducted of broadcast network television programming popular among youth. Nielsen viewership rating data were used to identify a sample of top-rated television series for youth aged 12 to 17 years during the fall 2007 television season. Depictions of tobacco use per television episode were examined by TV Parental Guidelines rating and television network. χ2 testing was used to examine differences in proportions of tobacco depictions across television episode ratings and networks. Setting: Data collection and analysis were conducted at the American Legacy Foundation (now known as Legacy). Subjects: Broadcast television viewers in 2007. Main Outcome Measure: Tobacco use depictions on broadcast television were examined. Results: Forty percent of television episodes examined had at least 1 depiction of tobacco use. Of these depictions, 89% were of cigarettes. Among episodes rated TV-PG (ie, parental guidance suggested) (N=73), 50% showed 1 or more incidents of cigarette use, in contrast to 26% of TV-14 (ie, parents strongly cautioned) episodes. The percentage of episodes with any tobacco use depictions was highest on the FOX network (44%; n=32), followed closely by The CW (CBS-Warner Brothers) (41%; n=30). Conclusions: Substantial tobacco use was observed in television shows popular among youth. It is projected that almost 1 million youth were exposed to tobacco depictions through the programming examined. Tobacco use on television should be a cause for concern, particularly because of the high volume of television viewing among younger audiences.

The Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium: a foundation-university partnership to reduce tobacco use.

Healton, C., & Curran, J. W. (n.d.).

Publication year

2011

Journal title

Health promotion practice

Volume

12

Issue

6

Page(s)

112S-3S

Tobacco and NIH: More than addiction

Seffrin, J. R., Brown, N. A., Connor, C. D., Myers, M. L., Healton, C., & Richland, J. (n.d.).

Publication year

2011

Journal title

Tobacco control

Volume

20

Issue

3

Page(s)

175-177

Tobacco: An equal-opportunity killer?

Curry, L. E., Vallone, D. M., Cartwright, J., & Healton, C. G. (n.d.).

Publication year

2011

Journal title

Tobacco control

Volume

20

Issue

4

Page(s)

251-252

US attitudes about banning menthol in cigarettes: Results from a nationally representative survey

Winickoff, J. P., McMillen, R. C., Vallone, D. M., Pearson, J. L., Tanski, S. E., Dempsey, J. H., Healton, C., Klein, J. D., & Abrams, D. (n.d.).

Publication year

2011

Journal title

American journal of public health

Volume

101

Issue

7

Page(s)

1234-1236
Abstract
Abstract
Menthol is a cigarette flavoring that makes smoking more appealing to smokers. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulatory authority to ban mentholated cigarettes to reduce youth uptake and encourage adult cessation. Survey findings indicate that more than half of all Americans (56.1%) and of Blacks alone (68.0% in one sample and 75.8% in another) support banning menthol. Endorsement of a ban-especially by Blacks, who have the highest rates of menthol cigarette use-would support FDA action to ban menthol to protect the public's health.

Camel No. 9 cigarette-marketing campaign targeted young teenage girls

Home and workplace smoking bans in Italy, Ireland, Sweden, France and the Czech Republic

Menthol Cigarettes are Harmful

Healton, C. (n.d.).

Publication year

2010

Journal title

The Wall Street Journal

Misinformation about tobacco

Malone, R. E., & Healton, C. G. (n.d.). In American journal of public health.

Publication year

2010

Volume

100

Issue

1

Page(s)

6

Prohibiting menthol in tobacco products: A policy whose time has come

The truth® Campaign: Using Countermarketing to Reduce Youth Smoking

Contact

cheryl.healton@nyu.edu 708 Broadway 8FL New York, NY, 10003