Kathleen Welch

My career in public health started when I worked for CARE in Moscow, Russia, where I led a survey team to conduct nutritional surveys on the elderly, pregnant women and children under two. I continued my education at Tulane University in New Orleans where I obtained an MPH and PhD. I have an interdisciplinary PhD in global health, sociology and epidemiology. I am also an Adjunct Professor for the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  I am very excited to be an Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association where I work as an advocate to promote increased funding and research for this disease.


PhD, International Health, Sociology and Epidemiology

Tulane University


Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

MA, Education

The Ohio State University

BA, Russian Language and Literature

The Ohio State University


Global Health

emergency preparedness


Current Research

Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment, the use of humor and the arts in promoting mental health and reducing substance use.

Research Interests

Evaluating Global Health Interventions, Integrating Artistic and Cultural Expression with Public Health Promotion and Research, Population-based Nutritional Risk Surveys of Mothers, Children, and the Elderly, Alzheimer's Prevention and Treatment, Climate Change and Public Health

Selected Publications

Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. Building International Partnerships through an On-Line Humor Exchange. Fall 2008.

Funded Grants

Recipient: University of Maine-Farmington Service Learning grant titled ÒEco-theatreÓ, 2007-2008.

Recepient: Maine Community Foundation grant titled ÒUniversity of Maine-Farmington/Lyceum ProjectÓ (an international health partnership between students in Komi, Russia and Western Maine),2007-2008.

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Kathleen Welch

Kathleen Welch



Off Campus


(504) 301-1912

Teaching Online