William (Bill) Kernan, is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and a full-time, tenured Associate Professor at William Paterson University. Currently the Chairperson of the Department of Public Health at WPU, Bill holds an Ed.D. and an M.S. in Health Education from
Columbia University, an M.P.A. in Health Services Administration from Marist College, and a B.A.in Biological Sciences and English Literature from the State University of New York – Potsdam.
Bill is a career health educator, having worked in private, non-profit, and government settings, and has significant international public health experience. For several years he worked as a Child Survival Officer in Malawi, East Africa in the United States Peace Corps, where he developed micronutrient malnutrition prevention and training programs. Later he worked as a Nutrition Monitoring Specialist for the United Nations’ World Food Program. In this position Bill was responsible for monitoring a food distribution program and providing health education services to schoolchildren of 60 schools in Liberian refugee settlements in Guinea, West Africa. Bill has also worked as a health educator in food systems settings Mexico and Thailand.
Bill has a decade of experience planning, implementing, and administering health and wellness programs, as well as related research and evaluation activities, at institutions of higher education in the United States, including Marist College, Vassar College, and Columbia University Medical Center. Bill’s research explores the social and behavioral epidemiology of substance abuse, food security, and mental health. Bill has held statewide and national leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the College Student Personnel Association of New York State and the American College Health Association, and has presented the results of his research at meetings of numerous professional organizations, including both NJSOPHE and SOPHE.