Michele Devlin, Dr.P.H.

Professor, Health Promotion and Education & 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 Chair of the Division of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Northern Iowa. She also founded the Iowa Center on Health Disparities, a model organization established by the National Institutes of Health to improve health equity for underserved populations, and is Director of the UNI Global Health Corps humanitarian relief organization.  Dr. Devlin is also 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.  Her primary areas of specialty include human migration, maternal and child health, and disaster response with refugee and minority populations. She has published nearly 100 articles, reports, and books including “Health Matters: A Guide to Working with Diverse and Underserved Populations”; “Postville USA:  Surviving Diversity in Small-Town America”; and the forthcoming “Tactical Anthropology: A Practical Guide for Emergency Responders in Culturally Complex Communities.”  In addition to her academic 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 is the Cultural Awareness Trainer for the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academies, and a staff trainer for 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.  She has led and/or participated in multiple medical missions around the world in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Dr. Devlin is a licensed Emergency Medical Responder, and member of the Star One Search and Rescue Team in Iowa; the Iowa Disaster Medical Assistance Team; Disaster Mortuary Operational Team; multiple FEMA Community Emergency Response Teams; and a National Park Service Wilderness Medic. She has provided technical assistance on cross-cultural issues to thousands of law enforcement, public safety, search and rescue, disaster response, public health, and emergency management professionals at the national and international levels. 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.  She has extensive travel experience in over 60 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