Natoshia Askelson, MPH, PhD


Portrait of Natoshia Askelson, professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Title(s): Assistant Professor
Department: Community and Behavioral Health
Office: N412 CPHB
Phone: (319) 335-6867

Natoshia M. Askelson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health, Department of Community & Behavioral Health with an adjunct appointment in the Health Policy Research Program at the Public Policy Center. She currently serves as the PI for Iowa’s Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Collaborating Center. She is trained as a behavioral scientist with an emphasis in health communication. Her research is focused on maternal, child and family health, with an emphasis on elementary-aged children and adolescents. She uses mixed methods to understand how policy and program changes influence positive and maladaptive behavior. She has conducted a number of studies related to Medicaid waiver programs and how enrollees understand and adapt to these programs.  Additionally she has examined how parents, children and schools are responding to changes from the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010. Her interests in adolescent a health have resulted in a series of studies in adolescent pregnancy prevention and the HPV vaccine.

Courses Taught

  • CBH:5305 Evaluation I: Approaches and Application
  • CBH:5310 Qualitative Research for Public Health

Research Interests

  • Intersection of health policy and behavior change
  • Family and child health
  • Health communication
  • Evaluation