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Tseng named founding chair of new public health program

Tina Tseng, MSPH, PhD, has been named founding chair of the new Department of Public Health at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS).

Tseng has served at the College the past two years as an associate professor of clinical research. During this time, she has been an integral part of the department promoting student driven research and advising students with their research projects.

Tseng started her new role in October when the College announced the master of science in public health program. Students are expected to begin classes next fall. The program will address the shortage of public health professionals and focus on rural health care disparities.

“I feel honored and excited to lead the direction of this important program,” Tseng said. “I hope the program will give to the community as much as it will teach students about public health.”

Tseng holds a BA in psychology from Johns Hopkins University, a MS in public health from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and a PhD in Integrated Biomedical Sciences from Ohio State University.

“Dr. Tseng is passionate about public health and the research involved in training students to make an impact in the health of rural communities,” said Ronald Maddox, PharmD, vice president for health programs and dean of CPHS. “I believe she is the right person to execute this program and I look forward to seeing the department evolve and advance under her leadership.”

Tseng has a strong interest in research, “Research lets you go into uncharted territory. You aren’t just memorizing information you are reading, but actually creating new knowledge.” She is equally as passionate about her students; to her, there is nothing more fulfilling than helping them understand scientific methods.

Bringing a wealth of experience to the job, Tseng has worked for North Carolina State University, Research Triangle Institute and Kendle International. While earning her PhD, she received a prestigious pre-doctoral training award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to conduct original research on the effects of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and methamphetamine on the brain.