Harvey Wallace

Interim Dean
Phone: 906-227-2400

Office: 174 Whitman

Harvey Wallace, PhD, joined the faculty of Northern Michigan University as professor of school and community health in August 1978. He was appointed Interim Department Head in 1999 and Department Head in 2000. In 2002, Dr. Wallace was recognized by the university with the Distinguished Faculty Award for his service to his profession.  Since June 2011, Dr. Wallace has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies.


In 1987, Dr. Wallace was appointed to the Marquette County Board of Health and has continued on the board to this day. As a member of his local board of health, other opportunities to serve local public health soon appeared.  Dr. Wallace was elected in 1995 to the board of directors of the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) and served as its president in 2001. He was elected to serve as president of the Michigan Association for Local Public Health (MALPH) in 2003.  He was also a member of the Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Commission (1999-2010).  Dr. Wallace served as a Marquette County Commissioner from 1999 to 2011.


As a representative of NALBOH, Dr. Wallace participated in the development of several important public health documents including the following: the National Public Health Performance Standards – Governance Tool; the Healthy People 2010 Oral Health Toolkit (NICDR); the Framework for Community Oral Health Programs (ASTDD); and, the Operational Definition of a Functional Local Health Department (NACCHO). Dr. Wallace was a member of the Exploring Accreditation Steering Committee, which prepared a model for a voluntary accreditation system of state and local public health departments.  In 2009, Dr. Wallace was appointed to the national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).   Dr. Wallace became a member of the Public Health Foundation (PHF) board of directors in 2006.  He has served on several committees (Bylaws, Selection, and Governance) and is currently vice chair of the Executive Committee.


Dr. Wallace was the recipient of the 1986 Victor M. Hawthorne New Investigator Research Grant Award in Health Promotion; the NALBOH 2001 Leadership Award; the Michigan Public Health Association 2002 Public Service Award; the CDC/Public Health Practice Program Office 2002 Exemplary Service Award; and, the MALPH 2004 President's Award.