Laura Magana-Valladares, MS, PhD,
National Institute of Public Health, Mexico
BiographyLaura Magaña-Valladares, MS, PhD, brings over 30 years’ experience and expertise in higher education in public and private universities in Mexico, educational organizations in USA, United Nations and non-governmental organization programs in Central America and Europe. She has been a teacher, trainer and lecturer in diverse forums in national and foreign universities. Her line of research is learning environments and the use of technology in education. As the Academic Dean of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) of Mexico for the past nine years, she has led a major innovation in education and technology at the institute, and have developed first-hand knowledge of the human resource and policy needs of Mexico’s national health systems. Dr. Magaña works closely with the institute director, center directors and research and instructional faculty to ensure that the academic program at INSP is meeting the programmatic needs of the state and regional health authorities, and that the institute’s masters and doctoral students have the opportunity to gain practical expertise working on field projects and studies. In her role of Program Director, she collaborates on the curriculum, is involved in teaching and mentoring of trainees, and ensuring that quality and relevant mentors for the in-country research project are selected.
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