Melissa (Moose) Alperin, EdD, MPH, MCHES: Moose is the Director of the Executive MPH program. In addition, she is the Director and PI for the Region IV Public Health Training Center and Training Director for the SAMHSA Southeast Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. She also holds a Research Assistant Professor faculty appointment in the Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences at Rollins.
Since 1989, Moose has been the Co-PI or Project Director/Coordinator on numerous leadership training, workforce development, and public health practice initiatives including the Region IV Public Health Training Center, Emory Public Health Training Center, COVID-19 Interim After Action Report, Georgia Hurricane Response Hub Technical Assistance Center, Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness, Applied Public Health Informatics Curriculum Project, Evaluation of the Older Driver Safety Design Train-the-Trainer Workshop, and Assessment of Immunization Training Needs and Educational Products and Programs for Medical Assistants. For more than 20 years, she has taught Epi Info to public health professionals throughout the US, Caribbean, Mexico, Panama, and Thailand.
Moose has taught in the EMPH program since 2001. Until recently, she has taught PRS 535D: Questionnaire Design and Analysis in the spring and she currently teaching PRS 542D: Curriculum Development for the Public Health Workforce in the summer.
Moose is active in professional organizations including the American Public Health Association (APHA) where she is the past Chair of the Council of Affiliates and is a current member of the Executive Board; Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE); and Georgia SOPHE Chapter. Moose is also a long time member of the Georgia Public Health Association and previously serves as the Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council of the APHA. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Pedagogy in Health Promotion, and she represents the National Network of Public Health Institutes on the Council on Linkages Between Academic and Public Health Practice
Moose received the Early Career Award (1999) and Judith R. Miller Award (2013) from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of APHA; Kathy Miner Health Education and Health Promotion Award (2014) from GPHA; Chair Citation (2019, 2021) from the APHA Council of Affiliates; and the 2021 Practice Excellence Award from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). Moose has a master of public health degree in health promotion and education from Emory University and an EdD in Higher Education Management from the University of Georgia. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).
Areas of Interest
- Health Education
- Public Health Practice
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- MPH 1991, Emory University
- AB 1988, Brown University
- EdD 2015, University of Georgia
- PRS 542D: Curr.Dev.for PH Workforce
- AEPI 597D: Applied EPI Directed Study
- APHI 599R: Thesis
- AEPI 599R: Thesis
- PRS 599R: Thesis
- Fifolt, M., McCormick, L. C., Zhong, D., Lloyd, L., & Alperin, M. , 2022, Reconsidering the “place” in field placement. , Health Promotion Practice., ,
- Walker, E.R., Lang, D., Alperin, M., Vu, M., Barry, C.M., & Gaydos, L.M. , 2021, Comparing student learning, satisfaction, and experiences between hybrid and in-person course modalities: A comprehensive, mixed-methods evaluation of five public health courses. , Pedagogy in Health Promotion, ,
- Gaydos, L., Alperin, M., & Leon, J. , 2021, Creation of an online interprofessional education module for executive public health students. , Pedagogy in Health Promotion. , ,
- Walker, E.R., Moore, E., Tapscott, S., Alperin, M., Cummings, J.R., Druss, B.G. , 2020, Developing regional mental health priorities: A mixed-methods needs assessment of eight states in the southeast United States. , Psychiatric Services, ,
- Alperin, M., Gaydos, L., & Phillips, J. , 2020, The role of orientation programs to prepare students for online learning: A case study from an executive MPH program. , Pedagogy in Health Promotion, ,
- Fifolt, M., McCormick, L. C., Carvalho, M., Lloyd, L., & Alperin, M. , 2019, Connecting public health students to rural and underserved areas: Promoting health equity through student field placements. , Health Promotion Practice, 21, 535-543
- Sellers, M.T., McGinnis, H.S., Alperin, M., Sweeney, J.F., & Dodson, T.F. , 2018, Deterrents to organ donation: A multivariate analysis of 766 survey respondents., Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 226, 414-422
- Alperin, M., Lloyd, L.M., McCormick, L.C., Bergland, B., Carvalho, M., Tripathi, M., Patel, A.B., & Miner, K.R. , 2017, Distance Education And Learning: An innovative approach to extending workforce training capacity., Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 3, 40S-46S
- Carvalho, M., McCormick, L.C., Lloyd, L.M., Miner, K.R., & Alperin, M. , 2017, Enhancing public health practice through a regional student field placement program., Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 3, 73S-80S
- McCormick, L.C., Reel, J.J., Alperin, M., Lloyd, L.M., & Miner, K.R. , 2017, Strategic approach to assess training needs across a diverse region. , Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 3, 28S-34S
- Alperin, M., & Uden-Holman, T. , 2017, The role of the U.S. Public Health Learning Network in strengthening the current and future public health workforce. , Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 3, 5S-7S