Louis Rowitz, Ph.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus
Location: Northbrook, Illinois, United States

Louis Rowitz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public health education.

Dr. Rowitz began his journey to professional success at the University of Illinois, earning both a Master’s and PhD in sociology in 1963 and 1970, respectively. In 1969, he was hired at the Illinois Institute for Development Disabilities. There, he worked as a research scientist until 1990. During that time, Dr. Rowitz also began exploring positions in the academic sector of his field. In 1982, he became a professor in the department of psychiatry and community health sciences at the University of Illinois. It was then that he found a passion for education. He has remained with the university in the years since then, holding titles such as the associate dean of academy affairs, the director of continuing education, and a director and teacher within the Center for Public Health Practice. In 2012, Dr. Rowitz retired with the title of professor emeritus.

Outside of his primary endeavors, Dr. Rowitz has additionally found creative success. In 1973, he co-authored the publication, “Ecology of Mental Disorders.” Further, he has worked as an editor for several professional works, including “Public Health in the 21st Century: The Prepared Leader,” which was published in 2006. As an active participant in his industry, Dr. Rowitz maintains affiliation with several professional groups, such as the American Public Health Organization, the Midwest Social Society, and the American Sociological Organization, among others. Moreover, as a testament to his success, Dr. Rowitz has earned numerous field grants from notable organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Rowitz attributes much of his success to his passion for serving as a mentor to his students. Through this practice, he has gained many life-long connections, which serve as a constant reminder that all of his hard work was worth it. Another positive result of his hard work is the Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Illinois. Dr. Rowitz played a major role in getting it up and running, finding numerous grants to fund the essential program. He considers this to be one of his greatest accomplishments. In his retirement, he has continued to write and learn. Dr. Rowitz no longer teaches full time, but his love for the classroom brings him back to hold workshops on occasion.

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