Shawn has long been intrigued by the relationships between humans and their natural, social and built environments. He studied human ecology as an undergraduate and found that his interests in nutrition, anthropology, and environmental sciences matched well with coursework in public health.
After working in Central Asia and Southeast Asia for several years, Shawn joined the Center in 2003 to direct the Food Production and Public Health Program. Today, as associate director, he works with colleagues in each of the Center's program areas to navigate the challenges of bridging academic research with public health practice. "Maintaining the balance between the scholarship of discovery and the scholarship of application," he says, "is an important aspect of our work."
Prior to joining the Center, Shawn’s international health experience included program management in child survival, safe motherhood, and behavior change communication. Shawn is a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Shawn McKenzie, MPH
" An ecological perspective is essential to how we think about food systems and the public’s health --if we are to truly move toward a more sustainable and resilient world for future generations."