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Michele Devlin, Dr.P.H.

Professor, Public Health & Director, Iowa Center on Health Disparities
(319) 273-5806

University of Northern Iowa
HPC 107
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0245

Michele Devlin's Vitae

Dr. Michele Devlin is Professor of Global Public Health and an Emergency Medical Technician in the Department of Health, Recreation, and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). She is head of the UNI Global Health Corps organization, and also served as founding Director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities, a model agency established by the National Institutes of Health to improve health equity for underserved populations. Dr. Devlin is an Adjunct Research Professor with the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  

She completed her doctorate degree in international public health at the University of California at Los Angeles.  Dr. Devlin is the recipient of the One Iowa Award, the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame Award, the Iowa Civil Rights Award, and other honors for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.  

Dr. Devlin’s primary areas of specialty include refugee and minority health, human migration, maternal and child health, and disaster response. She has published nearly 100 articles, reports, evaluation studies, and other scholarly works. With Dr. Mark Grey, she authored three books, including “Health Matters: A Guide to Working with Diverse and Underserved Populations”; “Postville USA:  Surviving Diversity in Small-Town America”; and “Tactical Anthropology: A Practical Guide for Emergency Responders in Culturally Complex Communities.” 

In addition to her academic and center director expertise, Dr. Devlin has more than 25 years of field experience working with public health, law enforcement, public safety, non-profit, and disaster relief organizations around the world.  Dr. Devlin has served as a Cultural Awareness Trainer for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, the Iowa National Guard, the United States military, and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. She is an international disaster relief team member with the American Red Cross, and has served in Haiti and the Philippines, and has also participated in numerous medical and health education missions around the world in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Dr. Devlin is a member of the Iowa Disaster Medical Assistance Team; Disaster Mortuary Operational Team; multiple Community Emergency Response Teams; and a volunteer National Park Service Wilderness Medic. She has provided technical assistance on cross-cultural issues to thousands of law enforcement, military, public safety, search and rescue, disaster response, public health, and emergency management professionals at the national and international levels. Dr. Devlin has extensive travel experience in nearly 65 nations around the world, and also served with the U.S. Army Corps of Civilians in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom as a lead social scientist. 


Courses Taught: 

Implementing Health Promotion Programs; Maternal and Child Health; Minority Health; Cultural Competency; International Health

Research Interests: 

Maternal/child health; women's health; community engagement; applied community health; international health; cross-cultural health; immigrant and refugee health.


BA: University of California at Los Angeles, East Asian Studies
M.P.H.: University of California at Los Angeles, International Public Health
Dr.P.H.: University of California at Los Angeles, Refugee Health and Disaster Response