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Julie Merten PhD, MCHES - Assistant Professor and Internship Director, Public Health

Julie Merten PhD, MCHES

Assistant Professor and Internship Director, Public Health


Julie Merten’s affinity for the University of North Florida began more than 15 years ago when she stepped on campus as an undergraduate student.  Her curiosity for human behavior and her interest in people helped her to earn a B.A. in psychology and public relations and a M.S. in health education/health promotion.  She completed her PhD in Public Health at the University of Florida and has been a faculty member in the Department of Public Health since 2005.


Dr. Merten uses project-based learning in her classes to to provide real-world experiences for students to apply the knowledge and skills they learn during the course.  She has presented a poster, Implementing an Interactive Campus Health Fair Through a Multidisciplinary Course, on one such project about creating a Women’s Health Fair at the 2010 Annual Meeting of American College Health Association in Philadelphia, PA. 


Dr. Merten realizes the value of community-based learning as a transformational learning opportunity and has committed herself to building partnerships with various groups throughout the Jacksonville community to bolster student understanding.  The Brooks College of Health recognizes her ability to forge mutually beneficial relationships and has charged her with overseeing the undergraduate Public Health Internship program.  She has also presented peer-reviewed posters in the realm of community engagement through Grow Great Health Educators through Community-Based Learning(2011), Stroke Survivors and Community Health Students Benefit through the Collaboration of Brooks Rehabilitation and University of North Florida(2011), and Lead Change by Growing the Wellness Leaders of Tomorrow: Build Strong University and Worksite Wellness Partnerships(2011). 


Dr. Merten's work with the Northeast Florida public health community has presented many opportunities for Department of Public Health students to enhance their learning and contribute meaningfully to the community.