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CSUSM hires first director for Public Health

Press Release | By Eric Breier

Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe, an educator with more than 25 years of experience in academic administration, teaching and research, has been appointed the first director for Public Health at California State University San Marcos. Iyiegbuniwe’s appointment began June 6, 2016.

As CSUSM’s director for Public Health, Iyiegbuniwe (pronounced E-yeah-bu-nee-wey) will provide vision, leadership and administrative direction for a new Master of Public Health program in the early stages of accreditation with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Among his key responsibilities will be faculty and staff recruitment, supervision, mentoring and evaluation, fostering research initiatives and coordinating accreditation applications, self-studies, site visits and reports.

The Master of Public Health degree at CSUSM will prepare graduates to be public health professionals and leaders in community organizations, government, the military, academia and private-sector businesses. CSUSM’s program offers students flexibility with full- and part-time options, including evening classes for working professionals.

“I strongly believe that research should inform public health practice and that research, public service delivery and public health policy should develop in a mutually reinforcing fashion for the benefit of all stakeholders, especially our students,” Iyiegbuniwe said. “I look forward to collaborating with students, faculty and staff at Cal State San Marcos as we strive to achieve our goals.”

Iyiegbuniwe has expertise in developing comprehensive environmental public health programs as well as fostering learning collaborations and research.

“Dr. Iyiegbuniwe’s commitment to public health and education fits in perfectly with the hallmarks of our college – passion, innovation and excellence,” said Janet Powell, dean of CSUSM’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. “We are impressed with Dr. Iyiegbuniwe’s accomplishments and we are excited to have him join our team at Cal State San Marcos.”

Iyiegbuniwe received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental and occupational health sciences from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also earned another M.S. and MBA degrees from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and Western Kentucky University, respectively.

He collaborates on four major scientific journals in public health, environmental health sciences and nanotechnology, either as a member of the editorial board or as a reviewer.

Please visit for more information on CSUSM’s Master of Public Health program.


About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 25-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls over 14,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.