Center for Emerging and Re-Emerging Pathogens

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   Marian R. Passannante, Ph.D.


Center for Emerging and Re-Emerging Pathogens



Dr. Passannante received her graduate training at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health. In 1983, she joined the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health as an epidemiologist and she is currently a tenured Associate Professor at NJMS and Chair (designate) of the Department of Quantitative Methods: Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health. Dr. Passannante maintains a research program in three content areas: tuberculosis epidemiology, injury epidemiology and survey research.
Dr. Passannante devotes a considerable portion of her time to curriculum development and evaluation. Her curriculum work has included developing and evaluating peer-reviewed educational materials to train middle and high school students, medical students, public health graduate students, and members of the public health workforce in the basic principles of epidemiology and biostatistics. Examples of her curriculum development work include the Think Like an Epidemiologist Challenge event for the New Jersey Science Olympiad competition ( ), a monograph entitled Basic Epidemiology for TB Control Staff and a curriculum website entitled Incorporating TB into Public Health Core Curricula ( ). Dr. Passannante has received multiple awards from students and the UMDNJ administration for her teaching.


B.A., 1978, Vassar College, History
Ph.D., 1983, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Demography and Medical Sociology