Published: July 30, 2009
The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC-FW) School of Public Health has promoted Dr. Christine A. Moranetz to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair for the new Department of Public Health Education. She also serves as Associate Professor in both the Department of Public Health Education and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
In her new position, Dr. Moranetz will provide strategic vision, expertise and leadership in academic initiatives and curricular development strategies that enhance program and degree offerings in public health. She will direct the Doctor in Public Health Practice (DrPH) degree program with a new focus in leadership and management, and coordinate the development of a new PhD in Public Health Sciences program.
A leader in health promotion and disease prevention education, she joined the UNTHSC School of Public Health in 2008 from Kansas, where she served on faculty in the Schools of Medicine at The University of Kansas Medical Center (KU) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). An award-winning educator, she developed innovative curriculum in HIV-prevention and was co-creator of the Dramatic AIDS Education Project (DAEP) – a collaborative project among KU, UMKC and The Coterie Theatre, a nationally acclaimed youth theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. At KU, Dr. Moranetz was also Interim Director of the MPH Program and Director of the Community Health Project (CHP), a service-learning program for MPH, MHSA and medical students.
Dr. Moranetz has served as president of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion (AWHP), formerly the Association for Fitness in Business, and has served on the editorial board of AWHP’s international publication, Worksite Health. She actively contributed to the development of the Health Fitness Director certification for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and was an advisor/liaison to the Missouri Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health. She has served on the board of directors of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM) and was president of the ATPM Foundation. In 2002, Dr. Moranetz was selected as a Primary Health Care Policy Fellow for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. For five years, she also served on the scientific advisory board for the Center for Living at Duke University.
Dr. Moranetz received her Ph.D. in education/exercise physiology and nutrition from the University of Kansas. She earned certification by the ACSM as a health/fitness director and was awarded the rank of Fellow in the AWHP.
She has most recently been named to Leadership Fort Worth, Texas, beginning in September 2009.