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 (http://www.teachepidemiology.org/SO.html ), a monograph entitled Basic Epidemiology for TB Control Staff http://www.umdnj.edu/ntbcweb/products/basicepi.htm) and a curriculum website entitled Incorporating TB into Public Health Core Curricula (http://www.umdnj.edu/ntbc/products/incorporating.html ). 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
Her injury research has appeared in the Annals of Surgery, the Journal of Trauma and the American Journal of Surgery, her tuberculosis research has appeared in Chest, the American Review of Respiratory Disease, the Journal of Correctional Health Care, and the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and her survey research projects, many of which involve surveys of health professionals, have been published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Chest, the Archives of Family Medicine, and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.