Center for Public Health Sciences

Cheryl Merzel


Cheryl Merzel received her MPH and DrPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She has over 20 years experience in public health research, evaluation, program development, and advocacy. Dr. Merzel joined the Center for Public Health faculty in January 2010 to serve as Director of Educational Programs, including the new Master of Public Health and Public Health Certificate programs. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Division of Community Collaboration and Implementation Science at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an Associate Professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Prior to joining the Center faculty, she served on the public health faculty of the City University of New York and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is a past  board member and president of the Public Health Association of New York City.

Research Interests

Dr. Merzel’s research interests include the design and evaluation of community-based health promotion interventions and the development of community capacity to engage in public health efforts. Her work has spanned a wide range of public health issues including maternal and child health, adolescent health, adherence to antiretroviral therapy, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Dr. Merzel’s recent research has focused on a variety of tobacco control issues including prevention of smoking resumption among postpartum women, assessment of tobacco control advocacy networks, and community capacity for tobacco prevention efforts. Dr. Merzel led the development of an evidence-based maternal smoking cessation intervention for the HRSA-funded Downstate New York Healthy Start project. Currently, she is a co-principal investigator for the evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Tobacco Policy Change program. She also is working on a qualitative study of measures of community capacity.

Center for Public Health Teaching Activities

  • Foundations of Public Health (PUB 6000)
  • Community-based Research (PUB 7600)
  • Capstone Seminar (PUB9100 & 9200)
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