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About Mary Hearst

My public health experience ranges from local to international, community to academic. I spent several years working at a local health department in a very challenged community. My role included internal functions of grant writing and assessment and external functions of community board and intervention participation related to reducing the effects of racism and social inequities on health. I received my PhD in Epidemiology in 2007, with an emphasis in Social Epidemiology. I spent five years focused on research before joining St. Catherine University.

Vision
Equitable and true opportunity for all.

Mission
I am committed to address the mechanisms by which social, political and economic factors negatively impact health outcomes in order to promote a just society, challenging injustice and valuing diversity.
The mission is accomplished by:
  1. Efforts to change or develop policies and programs aimed at eliminating racial and economic disparities;
  2. Advancing methodologies to accurately, ethically and respectfully assess conditions;
  3. Equipping a diverse and talented student body with the tools to become change agents for the world’s most pressing issues.

Positions

2012 - Present Director of Public Health/Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Public Health Department
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Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty mentor recognition by All-University Student Leadership Awardees (2016)
  • Faculty mentor recognition by All-University Student Leadership Awardees (2015)
  • Faculty mentor recognition by All-University Student Leadership Awardee (2014)
  • Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer Career Training Award (2008–2010)
  • Children, Youth and Families Consortium: 2007-2008 Advancing Interdisciplinary Research and Action on Health and Education Disparities (2008)
  • Travel Scholarship and invitation to Methodological Workshop, Society for Epidemiologic Research (2007)
  • Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, University of MN Graduate School (2006–2007)

Education

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2007 PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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1999 Master of Public Health, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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1990 BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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Contact Information

St. Catherine University  
2004 Randolph Ave             
St. Paul, MN

651-690-6157

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