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Novick to lead MPH program at ECU

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (May 23, 2005)   —   A nationally known public health expert is joining the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University to lead the Division of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and the master's program in public health.

Dr. Lloyd Novick, professor of medicine and director of the preventive medicine program at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center and commissioner of health in Onondaga County in New York, will start at ECU July 1. He has served as a leader of statewide health agencies in New York, Vermont and Arizona, and he is the author or editor of five books, including a widely used textbook in public health administration.

"Dr. Novick is a nationally known and respected figure in public health, and we are delighted that he will be joining ECU," said Dr. Michael Lewis, vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU. "I am convinced that under his leadership, our program will make a real difference in the lives of eastern North Carolina residents."

ECU's master's program in public health began in 2003 and now enrolls more than 50 students. It and the division that Novick will lead are housed in the Department of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine.

Novick said he was attracted to ECU by the "opportunity to work with a new, developing program and to teach public health. It is a very interesting community to work in with lots of health problems and lots of interest in public health."

He holds a medical degree from New York University, a master's degree in public health from Yale University and a bachelor's degree from Colgate University. He has been in his current positions since 1996 and previously served as first deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Health; director of the State of Arizona Department of Health Services; secretary of the Agency of Human Services for the State of Vermont; commissioner of health for the Vermont State Department of Health; and deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Health.

He has held academic appointments at the University at Albany (SUNY), University of Arizona, University of Vermont and Columbia University.

He is the editor of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and has written more than 70 articles in scholarly journals.

Among his honors and awards are the Duncan Clark Award from the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine for "a distinguished record of achievement," the Yale University Distinguished Service Award, and the Excellence in Public Health Administration Award from the American Public Health Association.

His wife, Carole Novick, also will join the university as executive director of the Medical Foundation of ECU.


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