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Magali Angeloni, DrPH, MBA, Program Director of the Master of Public Health Program

Dr. Magali Angeloni is Program Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at NEIT since October 2016. She is a public health practitioner with substantial experience administering and overseeing public health programs for the state health department in Rhode Island. In the 24 years of her last employment, her responsibilities included the implementation of statewide public health laws such as the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act and managing public health programs such as Lead, Healthy Homes, KIDSNET, Women Infants and Children (WIC), and Performance Improvement, and was most recently the Director of the Academic Center.

Dr. Angeloni brings significant experience in other areas, such as training and instruction. She has training in E-Learning, was faculty for the Lead Poisoning Training Center from the National Center for Healthy Housing, and most recently was an instructor for Quality Improvement training. She has personal experience in distance learning and is also a Site Visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the national entity that accredits health departments in the US, and is a member of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Angeloni was a member of the Academic Health Department Learning Community, and her work has been featured by national organizations such as the Public Health Foundation, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).

She was recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for her four years’ service as a member of the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (2005-2009).  She holds a doctoral degree in public health from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from Providence College. She is also a Leadership Rhode Island (LRI) Mu-II class graduate (2016). 

Henry “Hank” Johnson, MBA, Ed.D., Assistant Professor

Henry “Hank” Johnson, is Assistant Professor of Management at NEIT. His work in public health includes working for 8 years primarily with clients living in poverty and suffering from addiction and mental health issues. In his role of Life Skills Instructor at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, he helped teach unemployed and low-income residents about career readiness, self-advocacy, and social equity. As a result of his efforts, hundreds of his clients have successful careers.

Hank was previously the Executive Director of Education in Action, a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island, whose mission is to provide hands-on learning opportunities that educate and inspire youth to achieve real-world success. He developed community partnerships with The Providence Transition Academy and The Providence Autism School to Tomorrow Academy, and coordinated several city-wide after-school programs in Cranston, Central Falls, Pawtucket, and West Warwick.

Hank is passionate about fostering sustainable communities, serves on the board of directors of the Rhode Island Career Development Association, and is a member of the Society for Advancement of Management. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.

Diana Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at NEIT since 2015. She currently teaches a full spectrum of courses for graduate and undergraduate programs at NEIT. Her teaching experience comes from the University of Rhode Island and Montgomery College in Maryland, and she has taught different levels of Calculus, Physics, Math, and Statistics courses throughout her career. Her research interest is in graph theory, a branch of combinatorics. She is a co-author of a publication and has refereed numerous papers in combinatoric analysis.

Dr. Smith developed an interest for teaching mathematics since childhood, and she hopes to transfer students her love for numbers. She is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. She holds a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island. 

Samantha Rosenthal, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor 

Dr. Rosenthal is a public health scientist and epidemiologist with more than 10 years of experience in public health research and evaluation. Dr. Rosenthal has been involved in ongoing behavioral health work at the state and national level. She is a sitting member of the Evidence Based Practices Workgroup, a group working on behalf of the Governor’s Council Prevention Advisory Committee, tasked with developing a protocol for and evaluation of evidence based practices in the state. She is also lead epidemiologist for the Statewide Epidemiology and Outcomes Workgroup, responsible for monitoring behavioral health risk, outcomes, and services in the state, particularly among young adults. Finally, she is a member of the Injury Community Implementation Group, an interdisciplinary group of state agency and community organization officials tasked with developing the state injury prevention strategic plan. 

Dr. Rosenthal has contributed to publications in leading scientific journals, including the Lancet, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Child and Family Studies, AIDS and Behavior, and AIDS Care. She has extensive experience with report preparation and review, and she has served as peer-reviewer for top medical journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Psychiatry Research, Substance Use and Misuse and AIDS and Behavior.

Dr. Rosenthal received her Bachelor of Science in both Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, and her Master in Public Health from Brown University in 2010. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the Brown School of Public Health in 2014. Dr. Rosenthal is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Johnson & Wales University as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Brown School of Public Health.    


NEIT is accredited by the  New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).  Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.

New England Institute of Technology is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health ( The accreditation review will address the MPH generalist degree program included in the accreditation unit, as defined in the Council’s letter accepting the application. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review.

The date of initial accreditation will be whichever of the two dates occur later: either 1) the date on which our application was accepted by the Council (6/16/2018) or 2) the date on which the most recent extension of applicant status was granted, if applicable. The Council assigns the date of initial accreditation during the Council meeting at which the accreditation decision is made. Entry into the process and acceptance of an application are not a guarantee of initial accreditation.

For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.

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