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About Kari A. Hartwig, DrPH

Kari Hartwig’s public health and international development training have shaped her interests in gender analysis of health disparities, structural inequalities in health systems, organizational capacity and sustainability, and community-based participatory research. She has worked on a number of research and evaluation projects in eastern and southern Africa and southeast Asia in addition to urban communities in the United States. Recent projects include a study of refugee women, resilience and gardening, a qualitative impact evaluation of a community based organization in Minnesota supporting low-income families and individuals emerging from homelessness, and assessing burnout among Minnesota physician assistants. Currently, she is PI of an inter-professional collaboration with The Plaster House in Tanzania to develop program evaluation plan and assessment tools for pediatric rehabilitative care post-surgery for treatment of cleft palate, club foot, burn scar contractures and other disabilities. From June 1, 2020, Kari became the Program Director of the MPH in Global Health program where she teaches courses in Project Design and Implementation and Global Health Policy and Governance among others. From 2013 to spring 2020, her primary appointment was in the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies program where she taught courses in evidence-based medicine and clinical quality improvement.


June 2020 - Present Program Director, Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Masters of public health
September 2013 - Present Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University Physician Assistant Studies Department
2012 - 2013 Faculty Member, Walden University ‐ College of Health Sciences
2009 - 2011 Director of the Whole Village Project, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Office of International Programs
2002 - 2008 Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale School of Public Health ‐ Global Health Division
2001 - 2002 Assistant Professor, Southern Connecticut State University ‐ Department of Public Health


2020 - Present Interprofessional Collaboration with The Plaster House-Tanzania for Evaluation of Rehabilitative Care for Children with Disabilities
St. Catherine University
GHR Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Jennifer Biggs, Michelle Messer, Michelle Palmborg, Lisa Kiesel, Ambria Crusan, Sarah Rejman, Keira DeSpirito
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 Member, CUGH
2000 Member, SOPHE
1988 Member, American Public Health Association
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  • HLTH 6030 Design and Implementation of Global Health Programs
  • PA 7250 Community & Clinical Quality Improvement
  • HLTH 6040 Global Health Policy and Governance
  • PA 8015 Evidence-based Medicine II: Search for Equity
  • PA 8010 Evidence-based Medicine I: Search for Justice


2001 DrPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1991 MA, International Development and Social Change, Clark University
1985 BA, Religion, Cross-cultural studies, St. Olaf College

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6113


Publications (38)