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Karen Denard Goldman, PhD, MCHES

Chair, Department of Public HealthAssociate Professor, Department of Public Health

BA, MAT, Beloit CollegeMS, Community Health Science, Hunter College, CUNYPhD, Health Education, New York University
Certificate in Human Resources
Management, Pace University


Karen Denard Goldman is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Public Health. Trained in public health education, she is a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) and has been a front-line public health educator, manager, senior executive, teacher, author, researcher, speaker, health education and promotion career consultant, and profession leader. Past president of the national Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), and a former commissioner of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) Dr. Goldman is currently on the board of  directors of the Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC) and the national Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE). 

Over the course of her career (so far!) Dr. Goldman has worked in hospitals (University of Chicago Billing Hospital), government agencies (the New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene), non-profit organizations (the March of Dimes, the Lung Association, and Maternity Infant Care Family Planning Project-MIC), professional associations (the Society for Nuclear Medicine), and served as program director of graduate (UMDNJ-RWJ) and undergraduate (Lehman College) public health education degree programs. She has been a full-time faculty member of Hunter College, Rutgers University, and East Stroudsburg University. Most recently, before coming to Long Island University, Dr. Goldman was co-director of the City University of New York's Community Health degree program at Kingsborough Community College (KCC) in Brooklyn, NY. She went to KCC to be part of the 25 year old Community Health program. She continues to be a passionate advocate for community colleges as the academic launch pad for future public health professionals.

Dr. Goldman's contributions to the profession and the community are many and varied. Dr. Goldman is the co-editor and co-author of the quarterly “Tools of the Trade” column for the peer-reviewed journal Health Promotion Practice. She coordinates the annual Brooklyn-based “Finding Your Inner Leader” public/community health leadership conference for practitioners and students. She has coordinated two Brooklyn-based Healthy Homes/Healthy Families Expos, and co-founded and coordinated the New York State Coalition for Health Education. Her most cherished awards are the Health EducationMentor Award from the Society for Public Health Education and the Mohan Singh Award for the effective use of humor in achieving health education and health promotion objectives presented by the, Health Education and Promotion Section, American Public Health Association.

In her consulting career, Dr. Goldman has been a training and development consultant to, among others, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Social Health Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, the National Safety Council, the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) and US state and local health departments from New York to Alaska.  In her human resources management career, Karen served as the assistant commissioner for personnel development for the City of New York. Co-editor the Health Promotion Practice column, “Tools of the Trade,” and author of Tools since 1992, Karen has also authored book chapters on human sexuality and social marketing, and peer-reviewed articles that have appeared in medical, public health, and health education journals.


  • Health Education
  • Social Marketing
  • Diffusion of Innovations
  • Career Development
  • Competency-Based Training



  • Goldman KD and Schmalz KJ (2009). Tools of the Trade: Tools for Translating Health Education Theory into Practice. Society for Public Health Education, Washington, DC.  ISBN: 978-0-65-32512-5
  • Goldman KD and Schmalz KJ (2005). Tools of the Trade: Tools for Tasks that Didn't Come with the Job Description. Society for Public Health Education, Washington, DC.  ISBN: 57931-035-4

Monograph Guest Editor (10 articles)

  • Goldman, KD (2007). Health Education Career Development, The Health Educator Monograph Series, Eta Sigma Gamma, University of IN, Bloomington, IN, 24(1).

Book Chapters

  • Goldman, KD (2008). Social Marketing Concepts In Bensley, RJ & Brookins-Fisher (Eds.), Community Health Education Methods: A practical guide (Third Edition) pg. 103-128, Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
  • Goldman KD (1996). Human sexuality: personhood 101.  In The American Family: Life and Health, (2nd edition), R. Patton, (Ed.). Oakland, CA: Third Party Publishing Company, 21-39.

Selected Refereed Journal Articles

  • Goldman, KD (2007). Minimizing the hard knocks: Health education career development life lessons. The Health Education Monograph Series, 24(1), 3-7.    
  • Goldman, KD (2007). Reinventing yourself: Work-life transitions and transformations 101, Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 5(4): 8-20.                         
  • Goldman KD (2004). One for All and All for One! Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 2(4), 74-81.
  • Goldman, KD (2003). Planning Program Replication: What Health Educators Need to Know. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 1(1): 123-139.
  • Goldman KD, Florence J, Cox N S, Hager B, Johnson L & Ramsey DC (2002). Five practitioners' perspectives on the how, when, where, what, and why of continuing education. Health Promotion Practice, 3 (1): 12-17.
  • Daniel KL, Goldman KD, Lachenmayr S, Erickson D, Moore C. (2001) Interpretations of a Teratogen Warning Symbol. Teratology, Sep 2001; 64: 148-153.
  • Goldman, KD (2000). 12 Angry Men: A health educator’s tool for group dynamics training. The Health Educator - Journal of Eta Sigma Gamma, 32(1), 9-13.
  • Goldman KD, Schmalz KJ and Cahill J. (2000). Starting and sustaining a statewide coalition to promote health education: The New York experience, Journal of Health Education. 31(4): 196-202.

Columns: Recent “Tools of the Trade” Columns for Health Promotion Practice

  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2011). “Communicating Across Disciplines: Do Better by Doing Like Doolittle” Health Promotion Practice, 12 (2): 157-165.
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2010). “Poster Session Fundamentals: Becoming a Proficient “Poster Child” for Health Education,” Health Promotion Practice, 11 (4): 445-449.
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2010). “Cultivating Conference Confidence: Getting the Most Out of Attending Professional Meetings”, Health Promotion Practice, 11(2): 157-160.
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2009). “50 Ways to Leave 'em Learning 50+ Ways to Leave 'em Learnin': Tried and True Training Techniques,” Health Promotion Practice, 10 (4):  476-481
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2009). “Oh, the Places You'll Go!  Work Preferences and Personal Assets,” Health Promotion Practice, 10(1): 6-10.
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2008). “The 'Home Ranger' Rides Again”: Making Home Visits Safer and More Effective,” Health Promotion Practice, 9(4): 323-326.
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2008). “Being Well-Connected”: Starting and Maintaining Successful Partnerships,” Health Promotion Practice, 9(1): 5-8.
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2007). “Getting a Line on Online Teaching,” Health Promotion Practice, 8(4): 317-322.
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2007). “As You Likert It”: Conducting Gap-Based Needs Assessments,” Health Promotion Practice, 8(3): 225-228.
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2007). Speech Righting: Presentation Preparation Principles for Potent Performances, Health Promotion Practice, 8(2): 114-118. 
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2007). “Charlotte's Web: Why and How to Create Personal Web Sites and Blogs,” Health Promotion Practice, 8(1): 13-15. 
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2006). “Personal “Pix”: Producing Powerful Professional Portfolios,” Health Promotion Practice, 7(4): 372-365. 
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2006). “CSI Mylaptop: Computer Security Issues: How Vulnerable Am I?” Health Promotion Practice, 7(3): 276-279.  
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2006).  “Builders, Boomers, Busters, Bridgers: Vive La (Generational) Difference!” Health Promotion Practice, 7(2): 159-161.
  • Goldman KD & Schmalz KJ (2006).  “Logic Models: The Picture Worth Ten Thousand Words.” Health Promotion Practice, 7(1): 8-12.


  • 2010 Certificate of Recognition, “Salute to Scholars,” December 8, 2010, City University of New York
  • 2010 President's Award, New Jersey Society for Public Health Education
  • 2010 Faculty Recognition Award: Service-Learning, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY
  • 2006 Health Education Mentor of the Year Award, Society for Public Health Education
  • 2001 Public Health Education Award, New Jersey Society for Public Health Education
  • 1998 Mohan Singh Award, American Public Health Association

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Health Education
  • American Public Health Association
  • Directors of Health Promotion and Education
  • Eta Sigma Gamma – Health Education Honorary Society
  • Greater New York Society for Public Health Education
  • Public Health Association of New York City
  • Society for Public Health Education