Sandra Vamos

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Sandra Vamos
MPH Program Co-Director and Associate Professor
(269) 387-9601
2128 Health and Human Services Building, Mail Stop 5382
Mailing address: 
School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5382 USA
  • EdD, University of Sarasota (USA)
  • EdS, University of Sarasota (USA)
  • MSc, Canisius College (USA)
  • Graduate Dip of Education, University of Western Sydney (Australia)
  • BPE, McMaster University (Canada)

Dr. Sandra Vamos has been working in the health education, health promotion, health literacy and public health fields in K-12, higher education, and federal government since 1995. Her international work as a faculty member in health education in the U.S., Canada and Europe has focused on improving health literacy as a cross-cutting public health education theme and priority linking disciplines and faculties. She has developed and coordinated innovative health-related university degree programs to train future health professionals - from teacher education to public health professionals.

In her former role as lead for health literacy at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Dr. Vamos developed a national program of research and practice for PHAC. In this capacity, she worked with many individuals and organizations, including academics, policy-makers and practitioners from across Canada to produce a National Action Plan on Health Literacy.

Dr. Vamos has developed and taught a range of health-related courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her work has crossed national and institutional borders focusing on the link between health and learning in the schools, universities and public health practice settings. Sandra’s efforts continue to focus on promoting the bigger picture – ‘education for health literacy’. 

Fun Fact:

I love to travel and lived in 3 different continents. I went skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef, while living in Australia as a way to get over my fear of heights. While free-falling, I started to think about sharks...

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