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Office of Academic Affairs


Elizabeth Stuart

Elizabeth Stuart, PhD

Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Stuart is responsible for enhancing the educational excellence of the Bloomberg School. She oversees the major academic office that facilitates and coordinates education activities, including coordination with the Office of Student Affairs. She is responsible for creating and leading a culture of educational research and innovation, and improving the quality of the School’s educational initiatives. She is a professor in Mental Health, with joint appointments in Biostatistics and Health Policy and Management.


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David Dowdy, MD, PhD ’08, ScM ’02

Vice Dean for Education

Working closely with Executive Vice Dean Stuart, Dowdy is responsible for keeping the School at the forefront of public health education. This includes coordination and improvement of academic programs (both Schoolwide and departmental), maintenance of academic standards and accreditation, and incubation and development of new educational programs and partnerships. He is also a professor in Epidemiology, with joint appointments in International Health and the School of Medicine.


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Judith Bass, PhD '04, MPH, MIA

Director of PhD Education

Bass is responsible for leading and coordinating Schoolwide PhD-related activities, including working with PhD program directors to coordinate such activities as Schoolwide policy formulation, oral exam procedures, professional development for PhD students, and mentor training (in collaboration with the Provost’s Office). A professor in Mental Health, Bass also serves as vice chair for Education in the Department of Mental Health and leads a T32 training program in Global Mental Health.


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Valeria Culotta, PhD

Director of Postdoctoral Training

The Bloomberg School provides opportunities for non-degree postdoctoral training in all departments. Culotta is responsible for managing the training opportunities for the 150+ Postdoctoral Fellows that are involved in a wide range of research areas at the School. Culotta is also a professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


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Jon Vernick, JD, MPH '94

Director, Office of Academic Integrity
Chair, Committee on Academic Standards

​​​​As the director of the Office of Academic Integrity, Vernick ensures that faculty and students at the Bloomberg School share joint responsibility for maintaining academic integrity and guaranteeing the highest standards of academic conduct. Vernick also chairs the Committee on Academic Standards (CAS) which governs the content, scheduling, evaluation, and credentialing of academic programs in the School and implements School and University policies related to these matters. CAS oversees and promotes the quality and integrity of all academic programs. Vernick is also the associate chair for educational programs and a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management.