Ian Lapp

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dean of the Undergraduate School
  • Dean of the Undergraduate School
Academic Division: History & Society


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


  • Degree Courses 2018


    Journal Articles

    • Frenk, J., Hunter, D.J., Lapp, I. (2015). A Renewed Vision for Higher Education in Public Health. American Journal of Public Health. Vol: 105, Issue: S1, Page: 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. Vol: 129, Issue: 5.
    • Hunter, D.J., Frenk, J., Lapp, I. (2014). Education in Public Health: Expanding the Frontiers. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol: 47, Issue: 5S3, Page: 286-287.


    • Enabling Change in Education Lapp, I. University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
    • The Future Five and the College of Public Health Lapp, I. 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. James P. Grant School of Public Health, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2015)
    • Leadership Through Learning: Changing Education, Discovery and the State of Health Lapp, I. 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. 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. Annual Meeting , Washington, DC (2015)
    • Expert Panel for Quality E-learning Standards Framework Project Lapp, I. 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. 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. Africa Academy for Public Health, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2015)
    • Implementing a 21st Century DrPH Degree Lapp, I. Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Washington, DC (2015)
    • Teaching and Learning in the Context of Uncertainty Lapp, I. American University, Beirut, Lebanon (2014)
    • What has been overlooked in the current dialogue around Sustainable Development Goals? (SDGs)? Regional Perspectives Lapp, I. American University, Beirut, Lebanon (2014)
    • E-learning and MOOCs in London and Boston Lapp, I. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China (2014)
    • Revolution without Replication: Mission Driven Educational Change Lapp, I. University of Iowa College of Public Health, Iowa City, IA (2014)
    • True Success is Not in the Learning Lapp, I. Commencement Speech, College Station, TX (2014)
    • Learning by Design, Design for Impact: Reinventing the Educational Experiences in the Classroom and Community Lapp, I. 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. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India (2014)
    • Seeding Innovation, Cultivating Change: A Crucible Moment for Public Health Education Lapp, I. 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. 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. 141st Annual Meeting , Boston, MA (2013)
    • Transforming Public Health Education: Strategy and Implementation Lapp, I. 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. 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. 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. The Second Century Symposium: Transforming Public Health Education, Boston, MA (2013)
    • Faculty on the Frontiers of the Education Revolution Lapp, I. 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. United States-China Health Summit, Boston, MA (2013)
    • Population-based Learning: From Campus to Global Engagement Lapp, I. ASPH Associate Deans for Academic Affairs Retreat, Clearwater, FL (2013)
    • Dreaming of Change and the Promises of Public Health Lapp, I. 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. 6th Annual Interprofessional Research Symposium, Boston, MA (2013)
    • Trials and Transformations of Professional Education in Public Health: Reflections on Educational Change Lapp, I. University of S. Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, FL (2013)
    • From Competencies to Change Agents: Learning by Design Lapp, I. Grand Rounds, Johnson City, TN (2012)
    • Disruptive Innovation in Public Health Education: Should We Be Spooked by MOOCs? Lapp, I. Leading Voices in Public Health Series, Johnson City, TN (2012)
    • Effective Teaching and Learning Lapp, I. ASPH Associate Deans for Academic Affairs Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2012)
    • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Public Health Education Lapp, I. 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. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (2012)