Natoshia Askelson, MPH, PhD


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

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

Natoshia M. Askelson is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Health, Department of Community & Behavioral Health. She currently serves as the PI for Iowa’s Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Collaborating Center and Deputy Director of the Prevention Research Center. Dr. Askelson is a member of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she serves as the interim Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement. She is also the director of the Research and Evaluation Core at the Institute of Public Health Practice, Research, and Policy . 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. 

Courses Taught

  • CBH:5305 Evaluation I: Approaches and Application
  • CBH:5310 Qualitative Research for Public Health
  • CPH:3800 Public Health Theories and Society

Research Interests

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



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