Former Cincinnati health commissioner, Noble Maseru appointed associate dean for diversity and CHE director


I am delighted to announce that Noble A-W Maseru, PhD, MPH, will join Pitt Public Health August 15, 2017, as director of the Center for Health Equity (CHE), associate dean for diversity, and professor of public health practice in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

Maseru comes to Pitt Public Health after serving for more than a decade as health commissioner for the City of Cincinnati Health Department where he oversaw more than 400 employees in seven divisions, seven preventive and primary health care centers, twenty-two school based health centers, environmental, surveillance, chronic disease prevention and public health preparedness programs, creating healthy communities initiatives and an annual budget of $49 million dollars.

Maseru devoted his energies to achieving a healthier Cincinnati through establishing strategic partnerships with numerous public, private and grassroots agencies with the overall goal of elevating the department’s health equity impact on Cincinnati—particularly vulnerable and underserved populations.

Previously, Maseru served as: director and health officer for the City of Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion; vice president with the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Southeast Michigan’s leading coalition of business, labor, health care providers, consumers, and government; a consultant with USAID Africa Division, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the faculty at Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work. His work with the Public Health Sciences Institute at Morehouse College to promote academic and research collaboration between historically Black colleges and universities led to the establishment of the Academy of African American Public Health Programs. Maseru was also the founding director of the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health Program.

Maseru’s primary research interests are public health policy issues associated with socio-economic development of municipalities as it relates to social determinants of health—the Health in All Policies perspective and the public sector’s role in achieving health equity for its citizenry.

Maseru holds a bachelor of science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, a master’s degree in public health from the Emory University School of Medicine, and a doctorate in health policy from Clark Atlanta University.

Please join me in welcoming Noble Maseru.



Donald S. Burke, MD
Distinguished University Professor of Health Science and Policy
UPMC Jonas Salk Chair in Global Health
Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh


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