Director, Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health
Meharry Medical College is seeking an outstanding leader to become the inaugural Director for the Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health. This is an opportunity for an extraordinary magnet/lead scientist and leader to conduct cutting-edge research, as well as build and develop the new Center. The Director must be an outstanding leader with a strong academic and funding record within the area of nicotine and nicotine-related devices and products. There is also a preference for the Director to have experience in behavior, and/or related social determinants of health. The Director will build out the Center, recruiting and developing faculty and staff. The Director reports to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
About the Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health: Dedicated to examining social factors that influence public health and wellbeing, the Center’s first initiative will be research and community outreach programs related to the emerging prevalence of e-cigarettes, tobacco, and nicotine-delivery products, particularly in minority communities. This work will be made possible by a five-year, $7.5 million independent research grant from JUUL Labs. The agreement is structured to ensure Meharry’s full autonomy, including sole ownership over the sponsored research and complete control over publication of all findings. Meharry is driven by a mission to improve the health of underserved communities and the new Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health will advance efforts to understand the impact of larger societal issues on health and wellbeing. The Center’s first initiative will be to conduct original and independent research on the disease burden and health effects of tobacco versus alternative nicotine delivery products; convene annual meetings to drive a national conversation on substance use and abuse; and develop public health campaigns to educate the public about the dangers that substance abuse pose to youth. The new Center will draw on the expertise of Meharry’s Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Graduate Studies & Research, the Center for Health Policy, the Elam Mental Health Center, and the Data Science Institute to conduct behavioral and clinical research to examine substance use and abuse and advance positive changes in behavior and public health policy.
About Meharry Medical College: Meharry is one of America’s leading champions of the nation’s medically underserved minority populations. The institution is the largest private, independent, historically black academic health science center in the nation and has educated more than 11,000 health professionals since its founding. Since 1876, Meharry has remained committed to the education and health care needs of underserved populations. For more information about Meharry, visit www.mmc.edu.
To confidentially request the full-length position description or to send applications (curriculum vitae and detailed cover letter), nominations, and inquiries, please contact the email address below. For priority consideration, please apply by September 30, 2019.