Harlem J. Gunness, Ph.D., MPH

Associate Professor, Director

Ph.D. in Urban Health Systems from Rutgers University

MPH in Community Health Education from Hunter College, City University of New York

Dr. Gunness is an experienced public health professional whose focus is on the eradication of health disparities in marginalized urban populations. Prior to St. John’s, he was a Senior Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.  As a professional in his field, Dr. Gunness has worked in various sectors in public health as a Health Educator, Research Project Manager, Public Health Specialist, Preparedness Representative and Senior Health Services Officer. Dr. Gunness teaches in the online Master of Public Health program and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors in two community health organizations.

Research: Dr. Gunness research interests include access to health among hard-to-reach urban populations.

Practice: Served as a public health practitioner in private industries, community-based organizations, hospitals, local/state/federal government agencies, and military.

Curriculum: Disease prevention and health promotion, health disparities, and urban health-related courses