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About Elizabeth M Allen, PhD, MPH

Dr. Elizabeth Allen holds a master’s degree in environmental health and a PhD in environmental epidemiology. In addition, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship focused on community engaged research methods to advance health equity and justice. Dr. Allen collaborates with students, international non-governmental organizations, and a global network of scholars in her research. Her work focuses on the impact of the environment on social, emotional, physical health.  Current projects include work on community health volunteer models, women’s empowerment in Peru, climate change, and social justice focused education. Dr. Allen teaches courses in Global Environmental Health and Epidemiology.


2016 - Present Assistant Professor, Public Health, St. Catherine University Public Health Department



2021 - 2023 Piloting a social justice training program in the MPH curriculum
St. Catherine University
Academic Excellence Grant
Role: Co-Principle Investigator
Colleague(s): Leso Munala
2019 - 2020 Community Health Volunteer: A Model for Social Change?
St. Catherine University
Innovative Scholarship Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
2016 - 2017 Cervical Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions among East African Women
National Cancer Institute - NCI R25CA163184
Role: Principal Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2022 - Present Data Section Member, ASPPH
2022 - Present Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
2021 - Present Diversity and Inclusion Section Member, ASPPH
2020 - Present Member, APHA
2020 - Present Member, MPHA
2019 - 2020 Abstract Reviewer, APHA annual meeting
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Honors and Awards

  • St. Catherine GHR-AEG Faculty Fellowship Award, 2020
  • Cancer Related Health Disparities Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2014–2016
  • Midwest Center for Occupational Safety and Health Doctoral Fellowship, 2011-2014
  • Third Place, Poster Presentation, School of Public Health Research Day, 2013
  • Outstanding Poster, Faculty/Alumni Award, School of Public Health Research Day, 2012
  • Outstanding Poster, Student Choice Award, School of Public Health Research Day, 2012
  • Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society, 2010
  • Minnesota Environmental Health Association: Mary Laruen Olsen Scholarship, 2010
  • Winner, Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Annual Resaach and Creative Work Award, 2022


  • HLTH 6240 Quantitative Data Analysis
  • HLTH 6100 Ethics and Human Rights for Global Health
  • HLTH 7200 MPH Capstone
  • HLTH 6110 International Perspectives in Environmental Health Sciences
  • HLTH 6020 Epidemiology and Biostatistics II


2014 PhD, Environmental Health, Concentration: Occupational Epidemiology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2011 Master of Public Health, Environmental Health, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2001 Bachelor of Arts, History, Cum Laude, Boston University

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6021


Publications (10)

Presentations (16)