Mary Foley

Mary Foley, EdD

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health

Mary Foley, EdD, RN, CHES is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount  Sinai. A core faculty member of in the Mount Sinai Graduate Program in Public Health (MPH) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM), she served as Deputy Director of the MPH Program from 2010 to 2017. She is certified as a Health Education Specialist, and is currently Course Director for three MPH Program courses: Introduction to Socio-Behavioral Health, Research Methods, and Health Promotion Strategies. She is President of Beta Omicron chapter of the Honorary Society in Public Health, Delta Omega.

Dr. Foley has served on several MPH Program, departmental, and interdisciplinary committees in the Medical Center. Dr. Foley also served as health education consultant to the Cultural Competencies Training Project at MSSM, aimed to institutionalize cultural competency activities and enhance cultural sensitivity throughout the School of Medicine curriculum, residency training, and continuing medical education programs. Currently she chairs the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Committee of the Graduate Program in Public Health.

Additionally, Dr. Foley is a founding member of the Community Action Board (CAB) of New York Academy of Medicine's Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies which uses a Community Based Participatory Research framework to identify and address community health needs in Harlem. Dr. Foley and colleagues conducted focus groups of former substance users, documented perceptions of their health-related needs, and produced a "Survival Guide," a printed booklet-style guide for health promotion and disease prevention. A companion CAB project, the web-based "Harlem Resource Guide," is a virtual social service directory of community social services and is described in a co-authored article.

Dr. Foley’s current research interests include health promotion and disease prevention, cancer prevention and education, active living design, as well as qualitative research methods for a variety of health-related topical areas.  

A member of the American Public Health Association, Dr. Foley has reviewed for Family Medicine;  Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care; Journal of Family Practice ; American Journal of Health Behavior; and International Electronic Journal of Health Education.


ASN, Northeastern University College of Nursing

BA, City University of New York Lehman College

EdD, Columbia University Teachers College

MS, Columbia University Teachers College