Education leaders share ties with Rollins

Former faculty lead schools of public health

Edwin Trevathan

Edwin Trevathan is the first alumnus to be named dean of a school of public health.

Howard Frumkin

Howard Frumkin is former chair of environmental health.

An alumnus and a former department chair now lead two of the nation’s 43 schools of public health.

Edwin Trevathan 82MD 82MPH is dean of the School of Public Health at St. Louis University, while Howard Frumkin, former chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, is dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Trevathan is a two-time veteran of the CDC. During the 1980s, he worked with the agency’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. For the past three years, he directed the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Last year, he led CDC planning efforts to protect children from H1N1.

Before rejoining the CDC in 2007, Trevathan served on the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine. There he directed the division of pediatric and developmental neurology and was neurologist-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Frumkin joined the RSPH in 1990 to chair the division of environmental and occupational health. He quickly became a popular teacher and leading expert on urban sprawl and the built environment, air pollution, PCB toxicity, climate change, and environmental and occupational health policy. Frumkin stepped down as chair in 2005 to direct the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He most recently served as special assistant to the director for climate change and health.

“Our students have been the beneficiaries of Dr. Frumkin and Dr. Trevathan, who served our school as adjunct professors in recent years,” says RSPH Dean James Curran. “We take pride in their accomplishments as they begin their new roles in public health ­education.”

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