Kristine Tollestrup, PhD, MPH, is the director of graduate education in the new College of Population Health
at The University of New Mexico
. She was one of the founding faculty members of the first MPH program in New Mexico and has maintained this interest in training public health professionals for over 25 years. Recently, she received funding from HRSA for another project to train rural maternal child health professionals in New Mexico through an online certificate program that is an innovative collaborative approach between UNM and New Mexico State University. Her educational interests focus on how to develop effective methods to teach basic epidemiology to graduate students, medical students, medical residents and fellows, and public health practitioners using both in-person and online methods. As a trained epidemiologist, Dr. Tollestrup has over 30 years of experience working with community-based studies addressing health effects on children from environmental exposures and health disparities in diabetes prevention and teen pregnancy prevention. She is excited to be a member of the Region 6 SCPHTC
team and enjoys working with other colleagues who are experts in training public health professionals in other institutions in the south-central United States.