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Christine Ladisch

Professor, Department of Public Health

Dean Emerita

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Public Health Research Area(s)

  • Health Systems and Policies


Chris Ladisch began her academic career at Purdue as a member of the textile science faculty in the former Department of Consumer Science. Her research focused on cellulose chemistry and biotechnology applications for textile consumer products, and her teaching garnered awards of excellence at the department, college, and university levels. She is a member of the Teaching Academy and listed in the Book of Great Teachers. She has held numerous administrative positions, including Department Head, Associate Dean, Associate Provost, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. As such, she provided leadership in undergraduate education and dealt with matters of personnel, budget, academic planning, program evaluation, promotion and tenure, and general academic policy and development. From 2008-10 she led the West Lafayette campus’ preparation and self-study for institutional reaccreditation review and later received Purdue’s One Brick Higher for her leadership role in securing reaccreditation.

In 2010, Dr. Ladisch was appointed as the Inaugural Dean of the new College of Health and Human Sciences and then appointed Dean of the college in 2013. Upon stepping out of that role in 2018, she returned to the ranks of the faculty and joined the new Department of Public Health, which began under her leadership as a graduate program in the college. Currently, she teaches a core undergraduate course and serves as Director of the MS/PhD program in the department.


  • PhD, 1978, Purdue University
  • MS, 1975, Purdue University
  • BS, 1973, Indiana State University

Current Courses

  • PUBH 100 - Introduction to Public Health

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award - May 2022