Colette McAfee, Ph.D

Associate Professor-Mph

Phone: 801.832.2168


Office Location: Malouf Hall 105

Office Hours: W 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., T 12:00–1:00 p.m.


Ph.D. University of Toledo
M.P.H. University of Michigan
B.A. University of Michigan


I am the director of the baccalaureate public health program and an associate professor of public health. My goal as the director and a professor is to prepare future public health leaders with the skills required to address today's population health challenges and needs. I design my classes to help students acquire the skills they need, inspire students' passion for the subject, and address the diversity of student learning styles and needs in and outside of the classroom. Originally from Michigan, I have lived in the Salt Lake area for several years. I completed my undergraduate and Master's degree in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the University of Michigan, with my Bachelor's degree in Psychology (BA), and my Master's degree in Public Health (MPH) in Health Behavior and Health Education. I then obtained my PhD in Health Education from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.


I have conducted research on a variety of public health, and social and behavioral topics. My primary research interests include community health and community-based research, health disparities, incorporating health behavior theory in health research, and end-of-life topics. I have also worked with many students to complete research on a wide range of topics, including perceptions of certain infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, and protective behaviors associated with those perceptions; maternal health; access to reproductive health care among specific populations; barriers and perceptions surrounding HIV/AIDS prevention; and perceptions and needs regarding harm reduction strategies. I love to work closely with students to identify their interests and collaborate on research projects.

Colette McAfee