With more than 34 years of experience in public health, Bob furlani is a passionate advocate for the field. Furlani joined the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions as the training coordinator for the MPH program in 2015.
In this role, Furlani coordinates MPH field placement activities, identifies new field sites, strengthens relationships with existing sites, matches students to sites, assesses sites for needs and training appropriateness, helps prepare students for field training, and helps strengthen the school’s field placement experience for students and agencies.
Before joining UB, Furlani was the New York State Department of Health’s assistant regional director for the Western Region where he helped manage 220 employees working in 11 program areas across the 17 counties of Western New York. He helped the department work towards its mission of protecting and improving the health of communities by preventing epidemics and the spread of disease; promoting healthy lifestyles for children and families; protecting against hazards in homes, work, communities and the environment; assuring high quality health care services; and preparing for and responding to emergencies.
In his current and former roles, Furlani helps train and prepare future public health practitioners in partnership with the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions, where he is also a research assistant professor in the department of epidemiology and environmental health and a member of the school's MPH program coordinating committee.