Michele Polacsek

Ph.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor

(207) 221-4466

Linnell Hall

 Michele Polacsek received her master's degree in international health in 1989 and her doctoral degree in public health social and behavioral science in 1994 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She began her work in public health in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and by 1994 she was working on chronic disease prevention and was doing community based teaching and research at the University of New Mexico where she held joint appointments in the department of Communication and Journalism and the... Read More


Childhood Obesity<br />Chronic Disease Prevention<br /><br />Social and Behavioral Health

Full-time Faculty

Director, Training and Practice, School of Community and Population Health; Director, Maine AHEC Network

(207) 221-4620

Linnell Hall

Karen O'Rourke is the Deputy Director for Program Development at UNE's Center for Community and Public Health on the Portland campus.  Karen coordinates the Maine-Harvard Prevention Research Center (MHPRC), an obesity related research and research translation program in partnership with the Harvard Prevention Research Center and the state health department.  She also works on several other initiatives of the Center for Community and Public Health. 

Karen is also an adjunct professor and Outreach Coordinator for the Graduate Programs in Public Health where she works with MPH students to identify field placement opportunities.  

Prior to... Read More


Public Health Policy


Public Health Systems