Full-time Faculty

Associate Director

Director, Maine AHEC Network

Assistant Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4620

Linnell Hall

Karen O’Rourke, MPH is the Director of the Maine AHEC Network and Assistantl Professor of Public Health in the School of Community and Population Health.  Karen also coordinates the local performance site at UNE of the New England Public Health Training Center.  She is the Co-Chair of the Maine Health Workforce Forum and Co-Chair of the Cumberland District Public Health Council’s Obesity Work Group. 

Prior to coming to UNE in 2010, Karen spent 25 years in various public health agencies... Read More


Public Health Policy


Public Health Systems

Health Workforce Development

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Michele Polacsek

Ph.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor of Public Health

(207) 221-4466

Linnell Hall
On Sabbatical From: Fall 2015 to Spring 2016

I am a trained behavioral scientist with experience in public health practice and research in a variety of settings. I began my work in public health in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. My experience in HIV prevention provided me with skills in survey design and development, psychometrics, the analysis of data on social determinants of health. During my doctoral training I gained valuable skills running a large random digit dialing telephone survey. By 1994, I was working on... Read More


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