Public/Global Health
  • Professor of Health Education
  • 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
  • Fulbright Presentation (.PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
  • Scholar Story
  • Photos

John Allegrante is the senior Professor of Health Education at Teachers College, the graduate and professional school of education of Columbia University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1979 and has served as Chairman of the Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Deputy Provost of the College, and Associate Vice President for International Affairs, and is Editor-in-Chief of Health Education & Behavior, the flagship research journal of the Society for Public Health Education. He holds a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is an Adjunct Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.

Professor Allegrante has had over 25 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health to develop and evaluate novel behavioral intervention approaches 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 also has been in the vanguard of professional preparation and workforce development in global health promotion.

As a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in 2007, Allegrante collaborated with Icelandic behavioral and social scientists to develop a now ongoing program of multidisciplinary research currently supported by a grant from the European Research Council that is investigating risks and protective factors in child and adolescent development. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Reykjavik University and as a policy advisor to Iceland’s Ministry of Health and its Public Health Institute. 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 Adviser 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. He also has been an Erasmus Visiting Scholar at the Ecole Des Hautes Etudes En Sante Publique, Rennes, France, where he taught in the Europubhealth Integration Module in 2013 and 2014.

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 addition to being an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Allegrante is a globally elected member of the Executive Board of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education. In 2013, he was appointed by DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the Board of Scientific Counselors, a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.