The next giant leap in public health
Meet the new faculty members bringing diverse perspectives to public health at Purdue
In 2021, we announced Purdue’s Next Moves — five strategic initiatives to propel the university’s global prestige and instigate groundbreaking research. An essential part of that is investing in Purdue faculty.
That’s why those five Next Moves include the Equity Task Force, a comprehensive five-year, $75 million plan that will bring diverse perspective to Purdue’s campus.
With a commitment to sustained advancement of diversity in research, thought and representation at Purdue, the Equity Task Force hired new faculty members in public health, health policy and health equity.
In the fall of 2022, 11 new Purdue faculty started their Boilermaker academic careers. They span six departments in three colleges — Health and Human Sciences, Pharmacy, and Libraries and Information Sciences. This is the first wave of a larger, multiyear cluster hiring initiative, totaling 40 faculty, that will expand our research, diversify faculty perspectives and promote a supportive community for all students.
Promoting healthy behaviors in older adults
Although Haocen Wang didn’t know exactly what her research focus would be when she moved to the Midwest from her native China to pursue a PhD, she knew she wanted to work with older adults. Raised largely by her maternal …
Examining the role culture plays in medical distrust
Carlos Mahaffey grew up knowing about the Tuskegee syphilis study, in which researchers did not obtain informed consent from the 600 Black male participants who were denied penicillin even after it became widely available. For many Black Americans, the serious …
Reducing risky sexual behaviors among youth
For a decade, Shandey Malcolm worked in the Ministry of Health for Turks and Caicos Islands, most recently as the national epidemiologist. Now an assistant professor of epidemiology at Purdue University, she leverages her expertise in epidemiology to find determinants …