Central Office Staff

The Central Office for the Region 2 Public Health Training Center is located at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (CUMSPH) within the Department of Sociomedical Sciences. The faculty and staff that work in the Central Office have expertise in training, adult learning, health promotion, and instructional design.

Principal Investigator, Marita Murrman
Dr. Murrman has almost 20 years experience directing HRSA-funded Public Health Training Centers. During that time, she has designed and taught competency- based education and training programs, face-to-face and via distance, domestically and globally for practicing physicians, nurses, public health workers and community health workers and for medical housestaff, dental post-doctoral students, undergraduate and graduate nursing students and graduate public health students. Marita directs one of the largest MPH certificate programs at CUMSPH and teaches three of its required courses: Designing Needs and Assets Assessments, Theories in Public Health Research and Practice and Advanced Intervention Design. She has also worked for over ten years as the Senior Training and Education Specialist for the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs.

Education
EdD, Columbia University Teachers College
MS, Boston College
BS, Boston College

Memberships and Certifications
APHA
CHES
RN

Center Coordinator, Mayela Arana

Mayela began working as Center Coordinator for the Region 2 Public Health Training Center in June of 2019. Mayela graduated from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Department of Sociomedical Sciences with a concentration in Health Promotion in May 2018. Before returning to Columbia and joining the Region 2 Public Health Training Center she was working as a Research Data Associate at Bellevue Hospital Center. She worked for the Starting Early Obesity Prevention program, an intervention funded by the USDA and specifically designed for Hispanic mothers and their children. During her time at Columbia Mayela completed her practicum as a Program Coordinator for the Partnerships for Early Childhood Development project at New York City Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur Health which sought to develop and implement a streamlined process for assessing Social Determinants of Health needs and connecting families to community-based organizations.  She developed a needs assessment proposal as her master’s thesis based upon this project with New York City Health + Hospitals.

Education
MPH, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
BA, University of San Francisco

Memberships and Certifications
CHES
CPH
APHA

Instructional Designer, Shwetha Bhaskar
Shwetha Bhaskar has 7 years of experience developing online training for the public health workforce at the federal, state, and local levels for both the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Region 2 PHTC. These trainings have been developed under the purview of grant-funded training programs sponsored by CDC, FEMA, HRSA, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response. Shwetha has worked closely with experts in these agencies, and at Columbia University, to develop more than 40 online certificate courses based upon instructional design theory and using industry standard tools and software (e.g., Articulate). Topics of her trainings have included emergency preparedness and response; social media use in emergencies; climate change and disasters; and leadership and decision making. Shwetha also has experience managing the learning management systems as well as web and social media communication efforts.

Education
MA, Columbia University, Teachers College
BA, Bangalore University

Memberships and Certifications
Advanced Business Certificate, Columbia University, School of Professional Studies

Region 2 Public Health Training Center