Karen, DrPH is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences in the UIC School of Public Health and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the UIC College of Medicine on the Rockford campus where she serves as Co-Director of the Public Health Program.
Karen is Director of the Illinois Area Health Education Center Network Program located in the National Center for Rural Health Professions in Rockford and has research interests in health equity, global public health, rural and indigenous health, evaluation and health policy analysis. She conducts research in the areas of mental health, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, acculturation/Latino health as well as performed numerous evaluation studies at the state, regional, national and international levels. Karen has recently become involved in a number of joint international research initiatives that are taking place in Latin America, India and in the Caribbean.
Karen also currently team teaches the undergraduate pre-requisite course ‘Public Health and Global Societies’ each Fall and the second global health course required for the public health major ‘Public Health and Global Citizenship’ in the Spring along with a doctoral level health policy analysis course as part of the School of Public Health’s online Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Leadership Program.