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Kimberley Shoaf, M.P.H., DrPH

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French

Academic Information

Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Professor

Divisions: Public Health

Academic Office Information

kimberley.shoaf@utah.edu

Research Interests

  • Disasters
  • Education, Public Health Professional
  • Public Health

Dr. Kimberley I. Shoaf is Professor in the Division of Public Health. She has more than 30 years of experience in public health practice including experience as a health educator, trainer, and researcher. She has particular expertise in program planning and evaluation applicable to both general public health practice and emergency public health. She has worked with more than 50 local health departments in preparing for responding to disasters through training, assessments, and exercises as well as in writing of plans. She has both a research and an educational focus on workforce development within public health and primary care. Dr. Shoaf received her Master of Public Health degree in Population and Family Health and a DrPH in Community Health Sciences from the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Research Statement

Over the course of my academic career, I have been a practice-based public health systems and services researcher utilizing mixed-methods. Much of my research has focused on the field of emergency public health and the development of the health workforce. Over the past 20 years, I have been the PI or Co-PI on numerous grants conducting both research and training activities relevant to public health emergencies and disasters both domestically and internationally. My research has focused on two main areas, identifying and quantifying the health impacts of a variety of hazards and connecting the various sectors working to protect the health of populations, including the public health system, health care system, other governmental agencies, and community based organizations, and community members themselves. Methodologically, my expertise lies in mixed methods projects, particularly combining surveys and qualitative interviewing (both Key Informants and Focus Groups).

Education History

Doctoral Training University of California, Los Angeles
Community Health Sciences
DrPH
Graduate Training University of California, Los Angeles
Population and Family Health
MPH
Undergraduate University of Utah
Community Health Education
BS

Global Impact

Awards & Honors

Description Country
Special Visiting Researcher, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration, Universidade Federal Fluminense and Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sérgio Arouca da Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Brazil

Presentations

Description Country
Shoaf KI. Los Terremotos: Viviendo Bien con el Riesgo [Earthquakes: Living Well with Risk]. United States Embassy, Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Shoaf, KI. Course in Emergency Public Health: Planning for Emergencies and Disasters, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration, Universidade Federal Fluminense and Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sérgio Arouca da Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil

Service

Date Role Description Country
01/01/2007 Team Leader Social Science Reconnaissance Team to Pisco, Peru Earthquake Peru
01/01/1999 Member Reconnaissance team, Armenia, Colombia Earthquake Colombia