Epidemiology Professor Appointed Associate Dean for Research
Dr. Mario Schootman of epidemiology, health services research and medicine at Saint Louis University's College for Public Health & Social Justice, has been appointed associate dean for research.
"I see the mission of the research office to promote a dynamic, innovative and productive research community within the College for Public Health & Social Justice," Dr. Schootman said.
"I hope to develop an active research culture that fosters the highest achievements, encourages originality and innovation and enriches the faculty and the student learning experience at Saint Louis University."
Dr. Schootman is an epidemiologist and public health professional, with special expertise in cancer epidemiology and prevention, and neighborhood characteristics in the development of disabilities and disease. He has been one of the pioneers in the development of risk estimates for disability and disease at the neighborhood level.
Throughout his work, he uses a geographic information system (GIS) as well as advanced statistical and epidemiologic tools to examine how community and neighborhood characteristics influence these outcomes. Dr. Schootman received his MS in health science from the Vrije University Faculty of Human Movement Sciences in The Netherlands, and his PhD (Epidemiology) from the University of Iowa.
In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Schootman has worked as a chronic disease and injury epidemiologist for the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dr. Schootman has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific publications and serves on numerous editorial boards. He has received extensive funding from the NIH for his research. Prior to coming to SLU, Dr. Schootman was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis for 14 years.