Rachel Reimer, Des Moines University Department of Public Health

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Reimer was trained in Social Psychology with a focus on health behavior at Iowa State University prior to joining Des Moines University. She joined DMU in 2009 as a part-time faculty member, is now the Chair of the department of public health, the MPH and MHA program director, and an Associate Professor. She is interested in the social, environmental, and cultural factors that influence health behavior decisions. Her recent work has been focused on examining the epigenetic effects of nicotine and alcohol consumption. She has taught many courses at DMU, including Social and Behavioral Sciences, Research Methods, the MPH culminating courses, and most recently, public health communications and social marketing. Dr. Reimer is passionate about ensuring MPH and MHA students at DMU are given excellent training, ongoing support, and graduate ready to make a difference in their communities!

Service and Community Involvement

Dr. Reimer currently serves on the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Advisory Board, the Board of the American College of Healthcare Executives – Iowa Chapter, participates in the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Leadership committee. She has served as a peer-reviewer for scientific journals including Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics, American Journal of Public Health, and Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

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Doctor of Philosophy Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Master of Science, Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

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