Dean Whitney P. Witt talking with three students around a table

Inaugural Dean Whitney P. Witt

Witt brings to Lehigh 25 years of experience in academia and industry, and will oversee all efforts to build and launch the innovative new College of Health.

Whitney P. Witt, Ph.D., MPH, is the Inaugural Dean of the College of Health at Lehigh University. She is an internationally recognized scholar in health services research and population health.

Witt has over 25 years of experience designing and conducting studies on and implementing programs for the health of women, children and families, and she has had a major impact on the field of population health, as exemplified by significant federal funding, influential publications and leadership positions in professional societies. She has extensive experience with teaching, mentorship and service at the graduate level and has held full-time academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Witt has served as the Principal Investigator/Program Director on multimillion-dollar, federally funded research studies and technical assistance projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In addition, her work has been supported by foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation, the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and the Francis Family Foundation.

Before joining Lehigh, Witt was the Director of the Center for Maternal and Child Health Research at IBM Watson Health, where she led federally funded research projects and technical assistance programs in value-based payment reform. In addition, she spearheaded business development and strategic planning efforts focusing on maternal, child, and family health and well-being. Witt is the Chair of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), where she is responsible for providing thought leadership to over 2,500 public health professionals. She earned both her doctorate and master’s degrees in Health Policy and Management and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she later completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in Pediatric Health Services research at the Harvard University School of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Law and Women’s Studies at Hampshire College.

Lehigh University Dean Whitney Witt

“Our College is committed to advancing understanding of the multiple determinants of health, from cell to society, and how they affect outcomes for individuals, communities and generations.”

Curriculum Vitae

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