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): 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 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 and Deputy Director of the Prevention Research Center. Dr. Askelson is a member of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer 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. 

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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