Master Certified Health Education Specialist, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
Advanced Certificate, Health Professions Pedagogy and Leadership, Hofstra University
Doctor of Public Health, Health Systems Management, Tulane University
Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Management, Emory University
Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, University of Connecticut
About Dr. Santella
Dr. Anthony J. Santella is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy, Doctor of Health Sciences Program Director, and University COVID-19 Coordinator at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut. He is also a public health researcher, evaluator, advocate, and consultant (certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce). Previously, he held positions at Hofstra University, the University of Sydney (Australia), Long Island University, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Anthony specializes in infectious disease prevention and control and has interests in HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and emerging illnesses like coronavirus (COVID-19). His research helps improve the health and well-being of several vulnerable communities including people who are living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS, gender and sexual minorities, justice-involved persons, youth, and people who are experiencing homelessness.
Anthony has held several leadership positions including serving on the Board of Directors and Secretary of The HIV League, a nonprofit organization which provides college scholarships to people living with HIV/AIDS. Previously, he was on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Long Island, and former Chair and Vice Chair of the Long Island Ryan White HIV Planning Council. He also serves as an Academic Editor for PLOS One and a reviewer for several public health journals. Dr. Santella has been an active member with the American Public Health Association (APHA) since he joined as a graduate student in 2003. This has included serving in leadership roles with the APHA Education Board, HIV/AIDS Section, the Committee on Health Equity, and the Student Assembly.
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Anthony has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented over 75 local, national, and international conferences, and has been a PI/Co-PI/Investigator on over 30 grants. His research has been funded by both state and federal government agencies including the New York State Department of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Library of Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Public Health Institute. His consulting clients include the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City Department of Homeless Services, the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, Stony Brook University Center for Public Health Education, and Albany Medical Center.
Anthony has been recognized for his work. He has received the Long Island Ryan White HIV Health Services Planning Council Distinguished Provider of the Year (2020), the Hispanic Counseling Center Professional Achievement Award in Public Health (2019), the New York State Health Commissioner’s World AIDS Day Special Recognition Award (2018), and the Adelphi University Innovation in Health Literacy and Education Award (2017). He was also inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health National Honor Society (2005).
Anthony earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Emory University, a Doctor of Public Health in Health Systems Management from Tulane University, and an Advanced Certificate in Health Professions Pedagogy and Leadership from Hofstra University. He is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.