Pamela A. Duffy, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health

Pamela Duffy, Des Moines University Department of Public Health

Pamela A. Duffy, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health

Additional Roles
Associate Professor, Master of Public Health Program
Associate Professor, Master of Health Care Administration Program
Associate Professor, Global Health

515-271-7811 (Office Phone)

Areas of Expertise

Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • Association of Accredited Public Health Programs
  • American Public Health Association
  • Iowa Public Health Association
  • Association of Clinicians for the Uninsured
  • Community-Campus Partnership for Health
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • American Physical Therapy Association
    • Orthopaedic Section
    • Section on Geriatrics
    • Education Section
    • Private Practice Section
    • Women’s Health Section
    • Section on Health Policy and Administration
  • American Institute of Parliamentarians
  • Health Volunteers Overseas
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
  • National Association of Parliamentarians
Service Community:

  • Free Clinics of Iowa | Des Moines, IA
    Board of Directors | July 2006 to present
  • Polk County Refugee Workgroup | Des Moines, IA
    Health Subcommittee | 2014 to 2015
  • Continuum of Care to End Homelessness | Des Moines, IA
    Polk County, Iowa
    Board of Directors | July 2012 to June 2014
    Grant Scoring Sub-Committee | December 2012 to 2014
  • Polk County, Medical Reserve Corp | Des Moines, IA
    Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry
    Volunteer | 2015 to present
  • Dallas County, Medical Reserve Corp | Adel, IA
    Iowa Statewide Emergency Registry
    Volunteer | 2012 to 2014
  • Plymouth Congregational Church | Des Moines, IA
    Member | 2010-present
    Past Moderator, 2014-2015
    Moderator, 2013 to 2014
    Moderator-Elect, 2012-2013
    Board of Membership, 2010-2012
    Board of Christian Stewardship, 2018 to present
  • Special Olympics Iowa | Ames, IA
    FunFitness | May 2010, 2007
  • Central Iowa Chapter Arthritis Foundation
    Instructor Exercise and Arthritis, | West Des Moines, IA
    Patient Education Day | 1995-2005
  • Moingona Girl Scout Council | Urbandale, IA
    Board of Directors | 2000 to 2004
  • Criminal Justice Committee, Co-Chair | Adel, IA
    Dallas County Board of Supervisors | 1999 to 2000
  • Arthritis Foundation, Iowa Chapter | Des Moines, IA
    Board of Directors | 1993-1995


  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
    • Chapter
      Delegate to House of Delegates
      Student Conclave Speaker
    • Section APTA Service
      Orthopaedic Section, APTA, Board of Directors
    • Private Practice Section
      Publications Review Taskforce
  • Association of Accredited Public Health Programs, Executive Board
  • Iowa Department of Public Health, Public Health Evaluation Committee


  • Learning Management System Advisory Taskforce
  • MPH Curriculum Committee
  • DMU Interprofessional Education Sub-committee representative for IPE-1 and IPE-2 for MPH and MHA programs
  • Research Mentor, Student Summer Research Program
  • DMU-MPH Representative to Association of Accredited Public Health Programs
  • College of Health Sciences Strategic Planning Committee, Member – Chair
  • Graduate Council, Chair and Member
  • Interprofessional Education DMU Forum Facilitator
  • Interprofessional Education, IPE-2 Sub-Committee
  • Faculty Organization Parliamentarian
  • Curriculum Management Applications Taskforce (CMAT)
  • Search Committee Chair, Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Faculty Advisor, Gay Straight Alliance Student Organization
  • University Faculty Organization Bylaws Committee
  • Global Health Learning Collaborative, Faculty Advisor
  • Heartland Global Health Consortium

Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Masters of Education, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Bachelor of Science in P.T. and PT Certificate, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Physical Therapy Licensure
Certificate of Completion DMU Cultural Competency Series
Certified Professional Coder (CPC), American Academy of Professional Coders
Certified Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapy Association
Adult CPR/First Aid
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist-Emeritus, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Registered Parliamentarian
Isernhagen Work Systems Functional Capacity Evaluations, Work Hardening, Functional Job Analysis, Pre-Work Screening

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