Marietta A. Orlowski, PhD

Department:
Community Health
Title:
Associate Professor, Community Health
Address:
Res Park-Tech Center IV, 3123 Research Blvd #200, Dayton, OH 45420
Phone:
937-258-5551

Marietta Orlowski, Ph.D., MCHES, is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and serves as the director of the heath promotion and education concentration in the Master of Public Health program. She was a 2005 recipient of the Wright State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Early Career Achievement and a 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member in the MPH program. Dr. Orlowski’s research involves health behavior measurement and risk reduction in children and adolescents. She collaborated with a local school district in a federally funded project to increase the activity level of children, and has been invited to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to present her research in tobacco prevention. She enjoys working with graduate students on community-based public health projects and many of these students have presented their work at national and state conferences.

Dr. Orlowski completed her doctorate in health promotion and education, with a cognate in health care administration, at The Ohio State University. She has an M.A. from Morehead State University and a B.S. from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to Wright State, Dr. Orlowski was the Director of Health Education for Middletown Regional Health System and implemented community-based risk reduction programs throughout southwest Ohio. She also practiced as a health educator in eastern Kentucky. Dr. Orlowski is a member of the American School Health Association, the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education.

Courses

  • Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
  • Health Program Planning & Evaluation

Research Interests

  • Risk reduction in children and adolescents
  • Community-based project dissemination

Active Projects

  1. Smarter Lunchrooms – Ohio – project funded by the Ohio Department of Education through a USDA Team Nutrition Grant
  2. Create a Classroom that Moves! – project funded by the Ohio Department of Education through a USDA Team Nutrition Grant
  3. Assessment and management of adult obesity by health care providers
  4. Health promotion for individuals with a disability
Education History: 

Ph.D., Health Promotion and Education, The Ohio State University, 1998

M.A., Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Morehead State University, 1990

B.S., Health Promotion and Education, University of Cincinnati, 1989

Professional

Publications: 

Orlowski, M., Lorson, K., Lyon, A., & Minoughan, S. (in press). My Classroom Physical Activity Pyramid: A tool for integrating movement in the classroom.  Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Orlowski, M., Lorson, K., Lyon, A., Minoughan, S., Call, K. & Rice, K. (2012). Classroom that Moves! [Classroom materials]. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Department of Education.

Orlowski, M., Adkins, S., Ellison, S., Choh, A., Schuster, R.J, Terwoord N. (2013). Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity in a Primary Care Practice. World Medical & Health Policy 5(1), 19-36.

Martin, S., Orlowski, M. & Ellison, S. (2013). Sociodemographic factors that predict cervical cancer screenings in Ohio women with a disability. Social Work in Public Health. 28(6), 583-590.

Orlowski M., Ebert J.R. & Pickoff A. (July 2011). Cardiovascular health promotion in the school setting. In Berenson, G. (Ed.), Evolution of cardio-metabolic risk from birth to middle age: The Bogalusa Heart Study. New York: Springer.

Husain, M., Orlowski, M., Wonders, K. & Hallam, J. (2010). Revisiting the relationship between beliefs and mammography utilization. American Journal of Health Studies 25(2). 78 – 85.

Langlois, M. & Hart A. (2010). Go! Including movement during lines and other routines. Young Children. September, 88-93.

Langlois, M. & Hallam, J. (2010) Integrating multiple health behavior theories into program planning: The PER worksheet. Health Promotion Practice 11(2), 282-288.

Moore, D., Langlois, M., Gerber, B., Gadis, R., Hallam, J. & Arnold, R. (2007). Intention to quit tobacco among individuals in alcohol and drug treatment. Substance Use and Misuse 42(5), 871-879.

Langlois, M., Petosa, R. & Hallam, J. (2005). Measuring self-efficacy and outcome expectations for resisting social pressures to smoke. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse 15 (2), 1-17.

Langlois, M., Petosa, R. & Hallam, J. (1999). Why do effective smoking prevention programs work? Student changes in Social Cognitive Theory constructs. Journal of School Health 69(8), 326-331.

Recent Presentations

Orlowski, M., Lorson, K., Lyon, A., Minoughan, S., (2013, May). Classroom that Moves! Ohio Action for Healthy Kids: Learning Summit. Gahanna, Ohio.

Orlowski, M. (2012, October). My Classroom Physical Activity Pyramid. Ohio Society for Public Health Education. Deer Creek, OH.

Orlowski, M. (2012, October). Integrating multiple health behavior theories into program planning: The PER worksheet. American Public Health Association, San Francisco CA.

Orlowski, M. (2012, June). My Classroom Physical Activity Pyramid. 2012 Coordinated School Health Conference. Newark, Ohio.

Orlowski, M., Lorson, K., Lyon, A., Minoughan, S., Call, K. & Rice, K. (2012, June). Classroom that Moves! Preconference Workshop. 2012 Coordinated School Health Conference. Newark, Ohio.

Martin, S. & Orlowski, M. (2011 October). Health Promotion for Individuals with a Disability. Ohio Society for Public Health Education. Loudenville, OH.

Adkins, S., Orlowski, M. & Ellison, S. (2011 November). Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity in Primary Care Practice. American Public Health Association, Washington DC.

Orlowski, M. (2010, April). Wisdom from a Seasoned Health Educator. Ohio Environmental Health Association Annual Meeting. Columbus Ohio.

Martin, S., Orlowski, M. & Ellison, S. (2010, November). Sociodemographic Factors that Predict Cervical Cancer Screenings in Ohio Women with a Medical Disability. American Public Health Association. Denver, CO.

Langlois, M. & Hallam J. (2009, April). Create a Moving Classroom: Using Lines to Teach about Movement. American Association for Health Education’s 2009 Annual Convention, Tampa, FL.

Jagger-Mescher, J. & Langlois, M. (2008, December). National Health Education Standards: Shaping Health Behaviors. Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Pre-Conference Workshop. Columbus, OH.

Langlois M. (2008, September). Principles of Health Education and Promotion in Prevention. The Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control 2008 Scientific Session. Baltimore MD.

Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 
  • Society for Public Health Education
  • Ohio Chapter of Society for Public Health Education
  • American Public Health Association
  • Ohio Public Health Association
  • American School Health Association
  • Premier Community Health
  • Greene County Disability Coalition
Is this you? Log in to update your profile.