• Dr. Meredith Gartin is an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Department of Health Policy and Organization at the UAB School of Public Health. Dr. Gartin’s main area of expertise focuses on global environmental health and urbanization, with a particular focus on vulnerabilities related to food and water. Dr. Gartin is especially interested in how global and local processes of climate change converge on human health and development issues, like food security, water resources, human migration, and non-communicable disease (like obesity and mental health). For over 10 years, Dr. Gartin has conducted cross-cultural, climate-related health research in Central and South America, the South Pacific, and the US. She is currently establishing research partnerships to focus on climate-displaced refugees and migrant populations in Alabama and other US states.

    Given her focus on general global health education and training, Dr. Gartin consults and evaluates the global health curriculum and programming in institutions of higher education. As the co-chair of the Sub-Committee on Master’s and Undergraduate Degrees in Global Health with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Education Committee, Dr. Gartin and fellow colleagues have published a series of peer-reviewed journal articles mapping global health programs in US institutions with CEPH and ASPPH competencies. She also leads and directs global health curriculum at UAB as well.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2021 Master of Public Health Concentrations in Global Health in 2020: Preparing Culturally Competent Professionals to Address Health Disparities in the Context of GlobalizationHealth Promotion Practice.  22:574-584. 2021
    2020 Climate change as an involuntary exposure: A comparative risk perception study from six countries across the global development gradientInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  17. 2020
    2020 Master of Science (MS) and Master of Arts (MA) Degrees in Global Health: Applying Interdisciplinary Research Skills to the Study of Globalization-Related Health DisparitiesPedagogy in Health Promotion.  6:14-22. 2020
    2020 Changes in living arrangements of older persons in Egypt 2000-2014. 2020
    2019 Master of public health global health concentration competencies: Preparing culturally skilled practitioners to serve internationally, nationally, and locallyAmerican Journal of Public Health.  109:1189-1190. 2019
    2015 The new global urban realm: Complex, connected, diffuse, and diverse social-ecological systemsSustainability.  7:5211-5240. 2015
    2013 Perceptions of climate change: Linking local and global perceptions through a cultural knowledge approach 2013
    2013 Global convergence in ethnotheories of water and diseaseGlobal Public Health.  8:13-36. 2013
    2012 Food deserts and nutritional risk in paraguayAmerican Journal of Human Biology.  24:296-301. 2012
    2010 Nonprescription antibiotic therapy: Cultural models on both sides of the counter and both sides of the border 2010
    2010 Comparing focus group and individual responses on sensitive topics: A study of water decision makers in a desert cityField Methods.  22:88-110. 2010
    2010 Urban ethnohydrology: Cultural knowledge of water quality and water management in a desert city 2010
    2006 Biocultural construction of obesogenic ecologies of childhood: Parent-feeding versus child-eating strategiesAmerican Journal of Human Biology.  18:203-213. 2006


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    2015 The Death of Distance: Food Deserts Across the Global Divide.  187-200. 2015

    Research Overview

  • global health, climate change, water security, global migration and displacement, and teaching and instruction in higher education
  • Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Gartin teaches courses for the Undergraduate Global Health Concentration in the School of Public Health as well as the Graduate Certificate program in Global Health offered through the Sparkman Center for Global Health.
  • Education And Training

  • Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainbility, Postdoctoral Research
  • Doctor of Philosophy in International / Global Studies, Arizona State University 2012
  • Master of Arts in Sociology, Auburn University 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, University of Georgia 2004
  • Full Name

  • Meredith Gartin