Ian Lapp

Senior Lecturer

Dean of the Undergraduate School
Academic Division: History & Society
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781-239-5700

Bio

Ian Lapp is Dean of the Undergraduate School at Babson College. Dr. Lapp is an internationally recognized entrepreneurial leader in education, known for transforming curriculum, pedagogy, and the overall student experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. He joined Babson College in April 2016. Prior to his arrival at Babson, he was an academic leader and faculty member at Harvard University for five years and previously served at Columbia University for 10 years. Dr. Lapp was recruited to Harvard from Columbia to lead the school of public health’s multi-year educational strategic planning process known as the “Roadmap to 2013,” a school-wide effort to mark its centennial in fall 2013, which included the introduction of four new or redesigned degrees. Dr. Lapp has also led the school of public health’s innovation efforts in technology and interactive learning including HarvardX, e-learning, and simulations. At the University level, he served as the inaugural co-chair of Harvard’s Teaching and Learning Consortium. At the national level, he has chaired a number of major committees for the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and was a member of the landmark, Framing the Future Taskforce. Dr. Lapp is the president of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), which oversees institutional accreditation in public health, and is a member of the board of directors for the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), which oversees the certification process of professionals in public health. In the international arena, he has worked extensively with public health programs in Africa, Asia, and Europe including playing a key role in the launch of the James P. Grant School of Public Health in Bangladesh. Dr. Lapp previously served as associate dean for academic affairs and education at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where he capped off a 10 year career by co-leading the redesign of the school’s MPH degree, the nation’s largest professional master’s degree program in public health. During his tenure at Columbia, he played a collaborative leadership role in the redesign of dozens of courses, including the core courses, development of a number of degree concentrations including global health, launching of an undergraduate program in public health, designing of e-learning projects and high-tech classrooms, and development of an extensive faculty development program in teaching. Dr. Lapp received a BS degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned both a MA and PhD in sociology at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He also earned a MA in television, radio, and film at the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communications.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Syracuse University
  • MA, Syracuse University
  • MA, Syracuse University
  • BS, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Frenk, J., Hunter, D.J., Lapp, I. (2015). A Renewed Vision for Higher Education in Public Health. American Journal of Public Health, 105(S1), 109-113. link
  • Koo, K., Lapp, I. (2014). Educating the Next Generation of Physicians in Public Health: The MPH for Medical Students. Public Health Records, 129(5)
  • Hunter, D.J., Frenk, J., Lapp, I. (2014). Education in Public Health: Expanding the Frontiers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47(5S3), 286-287.

Presentations

  • Enabling Change in Education
    Lapp, I. Enabling Change in Education University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
  • The Future Five and the College of Public Health
    Lapp, I. The Future Five and the College of Public Health University of Georgia College of Public Health, Athens, GA (2015)
  • Design Tenets for High-Impact Learning Experiences: The Essential Role of Competency-Based Education
    Lapp, I. Design Tenets for High-Impact Learning Experiences: The Essential Role of Competency-Based Education James P. Grant School of Public Health, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2015)
  • Leadership Through Learning: Changing Education, Discovery and the State of Health
    Lapp, I. Leadership Through Learning: Changing Education, Discovery and the State of Health West Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown, WV (2015)
  • Re-Imagining the DrPH Degree: Curricular Change and Pedagogical Innovation
    Berman, P., Frenk, J., Lapp, I. Re-Imagining the DrPH Degree: Curricular Change and Pedagogical Innovation 2015 Annual Meeting , Washington, DC (2015)
  • Job Task Analysis: What are the Essential Tasks of Public Health Professionals?
    Kurz, R., King, L., Lapp, I., Yager, J. Job Task Analysis: What are the Essential Tasks of Public Health Professionals? Annual Meeting , Washington, DC (2015)
  • Expert Panel for Quality E-learning Standards Framework Project
    Lapp, I. Expert Panel for Quality E-learning Standards Framework Project Heartland Centers for Public Health and Community Capacity Development, St. Louis, MO (2015)
  • The New MPH in the Context of the Framing of the Future Report: Creating the Gillings MPH Core
    Lapp, I. The New MPH in the Context of the Framing of the Future Report: Creating the Gillings MPH Core University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC (2015)
  • Collaborative PhD Program for the Africa Academy for Public Health: Design and Implementation
    Lapp, I. Collaborative PhD Program for the Africa Academy for Public Health: Design and Implementation Africa Academy for Public Health, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2015)
  • Implementing a 21st Century DrPH Degree
    Lapp, I. Implementing a 21st Century DrPH Degree Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Washington, DC (2015)
  • Teaching and Learning in the Context of Uncertainty
    Lapp, I. Teaching and Learning in the Context of Uncertainty American University, Beirut, Lebanon (2014)
  • What has been overlooked in the current dialogue around Sustainable Development Goals? (SDGs)? Regional Perspectives
    Lapp, I. What has been overlooked in the current dialogue around Sustainable Development Goals? (SDGs)? Regional Perspectives American University, Beirut, Lebanon (2014)
  • E-learning and MOOCs in London and Boston
    Lapp, I. E-learning and MOOCs in London and Boston University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China (2014)
  • Revolution without Replication: Mission Driven Educational Change
    Lapp, I. Revolution without Replication: Mission Driven Educational Change University of Iowa College of Public Health, Iowa City, IA (2014)
  • True Success is Not in the Learning
    Lapp, I. True Success is Not in the Learning Commencement Speech, College Station, TX (2014)
  • Learning by Design, Design for Impact: Reinventing the Educational Experiences in the Classroom and Community
    Lapp, I. Learning by Design, Design for Impact: Reinventing the Educational Experiences in the Classroom and Community University of Miami, Miami, FL (2014)
  • Strengthening Health Systems and Public Health Education in India
    Hunter, D., Berman, P., Jah, A., Cash, R., Lapp, I. Strengthening Health Systems and Public Health Education in India Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India (2014)
  • Seeding Innovation, Cultivating Change: A Crucible Moment for Public Health Education
    Lapp, I. Seeding Innovation, Cultivating Change: A Crucible Moment for Public Health Education State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Corvallis, OR (2014)
  • From Personal to Population-based Learning: Fulfilling the Promise for the Health Professions
    Lapp, I. From Personal to Population-based Learning: Fulfilling the Promise for the Health Professions MOOCs and More for Transformative Learning in Health, Bangkok, Thailand (2014)
  • Teaching to transform global health: Promising models for competency development and assessment of learning
    Lapp, I., Berman, P., Glasser, J. Teaching to transform global health: Promising models for competency development and assessment of learning 141st Annual Meeting , Boston, MA (2013)
  • Transforming Public Health Education: Strategy and Implementation
    Lapp, I. Transforming Public Health Education: Strategy and Implementation Annual Meeting of Schools of Public Health in China, Guangzhou, China (2013)
  • The Future is Now: The Next Decade of the Next Century in Public Health Education
    Lapp, I. The Future is Now: The Next Decade of the Next Century in Public Health Education Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2013)
  • Public Health Education and the Digital Revolution: An Integrated Approach to Innovation
    Lapp, I. Public Health Education and the Digital Revolution: An Integrated Approach to Innovation Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China (2013)
  • Reinventing the Classroom, Campus and Community for Learning and Teaching
    Driver-Linn, E., Garvin, D., Koo, D., Lapp, I., Sullivan, W., Rimer, B. Reinventing the Classroom, Campus and Community for Learning and Teaching The Second Century Symposium: Transforming Public Health Education, Boston, MA (2013)
  • Faculty on the Frontiers of the Education Revolution
    Lapp, I. Faculty on the Frontiers of the Education Revolution Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX (2013)
  • Centennial Moments in Public Health Education: Transforming the Field
    Lapp, I. Centennial Moments in Public Health Education: Transforming the Field United States-China Health Summit, Boston, MA (2013)
  • Population-based Learning: From Campus to Global Engagement
    Lapp, I. Population-based Learning: From Campus to Global Engagement ASPH Associate Deans for Academic Affairs Retreat, Clearwater, FL (2013)
  • Dreaming of Change and the Promises of Public Health
    Lapp, I. Dreaming of Change and the Promises of Public Health Loma Linda School of Public Health, Loma Linda, CA (2013)
  • From Competencies to Change Agents for Interprofessional Education: Transformative Learning for a Healthier World
    Lapp, I. From Competencies to Change Agents for Interprofessional Education: Transformative Learning for a Healthier World 6th Annual Interprofessional Research Symposium, Boston, MA (2013)
  • Trials and Transformations of Professional Education in Public Health: Reflections on Educational Change
    Lapp, I. Trials and Transformations of Professional Education in Public Health: Reflections on Educational Change University of S. Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, FL (2013)
  • From Competencies to Change Agents: Learning by Design
    Lapp, I. From Competencies to Change Agents: Learning by Design Grand Rounds, Johnson City, TN (2012)
  • Disruptive Innovation in Public Health Education: Should We Be Spooked by MOOCs?
    Lapp, I. Disruptive Innovation in Public Health Education: Should We Be Spooked by MOOCs? Leading Voices in Public Health Series, Johnson City, TN (2012)
  • Effective Teaching and Learning
    Lapp, I. Effective Teaching and Learning ASPH Associate Deans for Academic Affairs Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2012)
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Public Health Education
    Lapp, I. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Public Health Education ASPH Council on Learning Futures Symposium, San Francisco, CA (2012)
  • Trials and Transformations of Professional Education in Public Health: Reflections on Educational Change at Harvard and Columbia
    Lapp, I. Trials and Transformations of Professional Education in Public Health: Reflections on Educational Change at Harvard and Columbia Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (2012)