Anthony F. Di Stefano, OD, MEd, MPH

Professor, Salus University

Anthony Di


  • BA, LaSalle College
  • BS, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • MEd, Temple University
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University

Role at Salus University:

Dr. Di Stefano was the architect of the University’s Public Health programs and is now the programs’ director. Launched in 2010, the Salus Public Health degree and certificate programs were specifically designed to bridge the gap in public health training in fields such as optometry, audiology, blindness and visual impairment, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy and Speech-Language Pathology.  Dr. Di Stefano has long believed these professions are under-represented in the public health sector, thereby lacking sufficient public health trained individuals to effectively impact the population health challenges across the health care system. This educational gap undermines those professions’ ability to be integrated into evolving health care systems in a manner that maximizes their contributions to improved health status, and addresses the health disparities in these targeted areas of health care.

Dr. Di Stefano has extensive teaching experience in the areas of community health, epidemiology, healthcare policy and organization, and optometric jurisprudence. He has served as a consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to evaluate professional degree programs at schools and colleges nationwide. Public Health Expertise: health policy, international health, health planning, program development, evaluation and administration.

The former vice president of Academic Affairs for 25 years at Salus University, Dr. Di Stefano also served as executive director of the World Council of Optometry, an international organization dedicated to the advancement of eye care around the world, from 1996 to 2006. He currently is a professor of Public Health at Salus and has represented the University through its academic programs worldwide. Dr. Di Stefano is committed to serving the global community byprotecting and enhancing health and well being as our first human right and shared responsibility. He has been recognized for his distinguished work by organizations such as the World Council of Optometry, the American Public Health Association, and the College of Optometrists in the United Kingdom.

2010 - Dr. Anthony F. Di Stefano Received APHA Award