Marie H. Martin, Ph.D., MEd

Associate Director, Education and Training
Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy
Co-Director, Global Health Track
Master of Public Health Program
Office Address
2525 West End Ave, Suite 725
(615) 875-0152

Global Health Topic(s): Global Public Health Education, Capacity Building, Global Health Policy

Research Interests: Curriculum Design and Development, Faculty Development, Mentorship, Global Health Funding Trends  

Project Country(ies): Liberia, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia

Marie Martin serves as the Associate Director for Education and Training at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) and is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. She received her B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University and M.Ed. in International Education Policy from Vanderbilt’s George Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Martin completed her Ph.D. at Tennessee State University in Public Administration. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of global health, public policy, and education/capacity building.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Martin served as a Fulbright Scholar to Japan in international education and worked for three years at the Global Education Office at Vanderbilt developing international service-learning programs. Her professional background includes seven years as an assignment editor for CNN and four years in the Czech Republic, primarily managing a parliamentary internship program for Czech university students under the direction of the European Union. 

As Associate Director of Education and Training, Dr. Martin is responsible for curricular and academic program development in global health at Vanderbilt and abroad. She specializes in capacity-strengthening initiatives for students, trainees and faculty from the U.S. and low- and middle-income countries. This work includes developing curriculum, building robust training and education programs, and academic program evaluation. Dr. Martin co-facilitated the design and development of the University of Guyana’s first Master of Public Health (MPH) program as well as the Global Health Track in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She has been deeply engaged in Liberia through the USAID-funded BRIDGE-U Liberia project for which she is VUMC Principal Investigator. Her other grant-funded work supports collaborative initiatives in Zambia and Vietnam. She was recently awarded the 2021 Velji Global Health Award for Teaching Excellence (CUGH) and the 2022 Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Mentoring Award, and is a 2017 inductee into the Academy of Excellence in Education (AEE) at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Dr. Martin is currently the Co-Director of the Global Health track of the MPH Program and Chair of the VUMC Global Health Education Committee. She also is the course director for MPH Project Development, Global Health Politics and Policy, Essential Skills in Global Health, and the Global Health Integrated Science Courses (ISC). Dr. Martin serves as co-Chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Subcommittee on Master and Undergraduate Degrees in Global Health (SMUDGH) and sits on the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Global-Domestic Health Expert Advisory Group.

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Ph.D., Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University