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About Julie Merten

Julie Merten, PhD, MCHES is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health. She directs the undergraduate Public Health Internship program, teaches Public Health Practice in the Master of Public Health program, and serves as Clinical Coordinator for the Exercise Science and Chronic Disease Graduate Program in the Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences.
She oversees the Our Campus, Our Health student health behavior survey at UNF, chairs the Northeast Florida Cancer Control Collaborative Sun Safety workgroup, serves as the university liaison on the Board of Directors for the Florida Public Health Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Health Behavior.

Her research involves behavioral cancer prevention, specifically in the areas of skin cancer (the most common cancer in the US) and tobacco control (the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US). She has used her research training to evaluate the effectiveness of school-based sun safety education, analyzed how people utilize the Internet and social media for cancer information, surveyed children, adolescents and young adults on their skin cancer prevention behaviors, and assessed cancer prevention programs among special populations.


2018 - Present Associate Professor, University of North Florida Department of Public Health
2014 - 2018 Assistant Professor, University of North Florida Department of Public Health

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNF Faculty Association, 2015
  • President’s Award for Community Service, Junior League of Jacksonville, 2015
  • Girls In STEM Mentor, Huffington Post, 2013
  • Excellence in Community Teaching Award, American Stroke Association, 2013
  • Rising Leader Society, Girls Inc of Jacksonville, 2012
  • 40 Under 40, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2012
  • Outstanding Faculty Sponsor of the Year Award, Eta Sigma Gamma, 2011
  • Selected for Teaching Online (TOL) Seminar, Center for Instruction & Research Technology, UNF, 2011
  • Frank Barker Wellness Leader Award, First Coast Worksite Wellness Council, 2015
  • Linton E. Grinter Fellowship, University of Florida, 2011
  • Research and Interests Academic Partnership Award, University of Florida College of Medicine, 2011
  • Community Scholar, Center for Community Based Learning, University of North Florida, 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation, On Campus Transition Program, University of North Florida, 2008
  • Brooks College of Health Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida, 2008
  • Professional Development Award, Academic Affairs, University of North Florida, 2007


2014 Ph.D., Public Health, University of Florida ‐ Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health
2005 M.S.H., Health Promotion and Education, University of North Florida ‐ Department of Public Health
2002 B.A., Psycho0logy, University of North Florida ‐ Department of Psychnology

Contact Information

University of North Florida
Brooks College of Health
Department of Public Health
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, F?L 32224


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