Welcome to the Department of Public Health. This section contains all the information for current students, faculty, and staff.



Welcome from Department Chair Dr. Jean Breny

Welcome to the Southern Connecticut State University’s Department of Public Health. We are so glad you stopped by.

What an exciting time to be in public health! Over the past year of the COVID19 pandemic, all of what we have always done in public health has become illuminated to the general public. We have seen front line public health workers, epidemiologists, and health promotion professionals conducting surveillance about disease and translating that data into health communication messaging; educating the public about the importance of preventing the spread of disease and behavior change; passing policies and mandates to reduce the spread of disease; contact tracing for the purpose of getting more people tested; and elucidating the impact of health inequities on communities of color. We have finally declared racism as a critical public health priority and hard work is being done to develop antiracist policies and practices.

Our public health programs were among the first in Connecticut and are fully accredited by our national accreditation organization, the Council on Education for Public Health (CPEH). We offer study abroad programs, practice-based internships, opportunities for working with faculty on research projects, and exciting hands on and service learning in our health promotion courses. Faculty in our Department are involved in community-based research, practice and service in communities in Connecticut and around the globe.  Many of our graduates stay in Connecticut and New England and you don’t have to go far to find them working in local and state public health departments, as university researchers, community health educators, and program staff of non-profit organizations. 

Take some time and look through our website, see what projects our faculty are doing, read a newsletter or two, follow us on social media and contact us with any questions. Working in public health never disappoints!

Program Mission Statement: The mission of the Southern Connecticut State University Public Health Programs is to advance the state of public health practice and to promote and protect the health of the public.


Public Heath Anti-Racism Statement: In light of recent events, your public health faculty writes today in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and stands against racism in all forms. As a Department and as a profession of public health, we are committed to social justice and anti-racism and, thus, we are angry and we are saddened by the injustices related to the pandemic and the recent racial violence that has taken the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. We are committed to working alongside the Black community in the Black Lives Matter movement and all communities of color to dismantle systems of oppression that target communities in Connecticut and everywhere. We are committed to you in this journey, as we work together to ensure conditions that allow all people to have a fair and just opportunity to thrive across the lifespan.

Southern Connecticut State University
Public Health Department

College of Health and Human Services Building, Room 341
501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: (203) 392-6950
Fax: (203) 392-6965
Position Name Phone
Department Chairperson
Dr. Jean Breny
(203) 392-7008
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Deb Risisky
(203) 392-5136
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Marian Evans
(203) 392-6924
Internship Coordinator
Dr. Stanley Bernard
(203) 392-7304
Secretary Mytzi Campbell (203) 392-6951