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Melissa (Moose)  Alperin

Asst Professor of Practice

Research Assistant Professor

Faculty, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

Faculty, Executive MPH

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).

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Contact Information

1518 Clifton Road

Atlanta , GA 30322

Mailstop: 1518-002-2AA

Phone: (404) 727-2928

Fax: (404) 727-1835


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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

Courses Taught

  • PRS 542D: Curr.Dev.for PH Workforce
  • AEPI 597D: Applied EPI Directed Study
  • AEPI 599R: Thesis
  • APHI 599R: Thesis
  • PRS 599R: Thesis