Albert “Fred” Hartman MPH ’74 was honored with Penn State’s Outstanding Science Alumni Award for the year 2011. The award recognizes alumni who have a record of significant professional achievements in their field and who are outstanding role models for the current students in the college.
Hartman is a 1965 graduate of the Penn State University Eberly College of Science. He is a physician who specializes in infectious disease and epidemiology, with more than 30 years of experience as a technical adviser, senior project manager, epidemiologist, and professor. Currently he is the global technical lead for communicable diseases and epidemic preparedness for all activities of Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. In this capacity, he led the human health activities in the Stamping out Pandemic and Avian Influenza (STOP AI). He is also the country lead for the organization’s Ethiopia HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program and the Sudan Health Transformation Project II. Previously, Fred served as a principal program associate in the MSH Office of Business and Resource Development and as a technical director and deputy chief of party of MSH’s Rural Expansion of Afghanistan’s Community-based Health care (REACH) project, based in Kabul.
Hartman has consulted for USAID, UNICEF, WHO, and PLAN International. He also worked as a senior technical adviser with Hope for African Children Initiative, a project of a pan-African consortium involving six major non-governmental organizations focusing on the needs of children affected by HIV and AIDS. He has devoted many years to teaching about infectious diseases. He authored Window on Afghanistan: Rebuilding Health, Hope and the Human Spirit, and numerous articles in the field of infectious diseases. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.