Public/Global Health and Specialist Program
  • Professor of Health Education and Director of the Institute for Global Engagement
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Lecturing and Research: Health Behavior and Academic Achievement in Icelandic School Children
  • Reykjavik University, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • September-December 2007
  • Specialist 2005
  • Fulbright Presentation (.PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
  • Scholar Story
  • Photos

John P. Allegrante is the senior professor of health education and director of the Institute for Global Engagement at Teachers College, the graduate and professional school of education and human development of Columbia University, where he holds joint appointments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Mailman School of Public Health. He is Editor-in-Chief of Health Education & Behavior, the flagship research journal of the Society for Public Health Education.

Professor Allegrante has had over two decades of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health that has supported a collaborative program of behavioral research to improve self-management and health outcomes in people with chronic disease. He has produced an extensive bibliography of published work, a significant corpus of which has illuminated a transdisciplinary understanding of adherence to and maintenance of behavioral change. He has also been in the vanguard of professional preparation and workforce development in global health promotion.

Allegrante has been a W. K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow and a Pew Health Policy Fellow at the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study. A Past President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education, he received the Distinguished Career Award in Public Health Education and Health Promotion from the American Public Health Association.

In 2005, Allegrante was named a Fulbright Specialist in Public/Global Health and developed a program of collaborative research with Icelandic colleagues on child and adolescent health. He returned to Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar in 2007, serving for six months as the Fulbright visiting professor and acting dean of the School of Health and Education at Reykjavik University. Professor Allegrante continues to promote exchanges of scientists, scholars, and students from Iceland and other countries with Columbia and other American universities in his role as the Teachers College Fulbright Program Advisor and Campus Representative.

Allegrante has been an International Scholar in the Soros Open Society Foundations International Higher Education Support Program in Central Asia, where he has assisted the Kazakhstan School of Public Health and other institutions of higher education in the region with curriculum and faculty development, capacity-building, and mentoring of junior scholars. Most recently, he was an Erasmus Visiting Scholar at the Ecole Des Hautes Etudes En Sante Publique (ESEHP – the French National School of Public Health), Rennes, France, where he taught in the Europubhealth Integration Module in 2013 and 2014.

He is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and an elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and currently sits as a globally elected member of the Executive Board of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education.

Allegrante received a B.S. degree with honors from the State University of New York College at Cortland and earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.