Diane Dewar


Diane Dewar, PhD has been appointed associate dean for Academic Affairs at the University at
Albany School of Public Health. An associate professor in the department of Health Policy,
Management and Behavior, Dr. Dewar has served as department chair since September 2010. She
holds a joint appointment with the University’s department of Economics, Public Economics track.
A health economist, her research focuses on economic evaluation methods and the evaluation of
policies and programs to prevent and control chronic disease.

Dr. Dewar’s professional service includes serving as a member of the Advisory Board of the School
of Public Health’s Center for Health Workforce Studies and Prevention Research Center. At the
School level, she has held many posts, including service as a member of the Undergraduate Program
Committee, and chair of the School of Public Health Council, and various departmental committees.
At the University level, she has served as president of the University at Albany Faculty Senate and
on numerous University Councils and Budget Advisory Groups. She has received the University
President’s Award and SUNY-wide Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Academic Service in 2007.
She is a member of International Health Economics Association, Association of Social Economists,
Capital Area Consortium on Aging and Disability, and vice-president of the Alpha Gamma Chapter
of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

Dr. Dewar’s work has been sponsored by funders such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the New York State Health Foundation. She was
recently awarded funding by the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) to be one of American
scholars to teach at Vietnamese universities during the coming academic year. She will teach the
graduate course "Introduction to Public Health: A Global Experience" via videoconferencing
simultaneously to students at SPH and the Hanoi Medical University (HMU) during the fall semester
and will travel to HMU for one week at the beginning and end of the semester.