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Alex Rosen, the first Dean of the reorganized Graduate School of Social Work at New York University, also developed outreach programs and improved health care services, on the Lower East Side.
Dr. Rosen retired in 1981 as professor emeritus of preventive medicine at the NYU School of Medicine where he taught with a major emphasis on community medicine. He held the concurrent position of Director of Urban Health Affairs at NYU Medical Center.
The University divided its Graduate School of Public Administration and Social Service into two separate entities in 1960 and put Dr. Rosen in charge of the new Graduate School of Social Work. He remained Dean until 1970, when he was named a Professor and Director at the medical center.
His urban health unit developed new community programs to improve health-care services as well as combined MD - Ph.D. curriculum for students of medicine, psychology, law, public administration and social, work. Attending graduate students fanned out to health and welfare agencies on the Lower East Side to assist patients and clients.
Born in Brooklyn, Dr. Rosen graduated from NyU Ha received a Master's degree from the New York Graduate School of Social Work at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in human relations from NyU
He taught at the University of Vermont, Yeshiva University, Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University. At the time of his appointment at NyU in 1960 he was directing a research project on intergroup relations at Columbia.