• Paul Campbell Erwin, MD, DrPH is Dean of the UAB School of Public Health and Professor in Health Care Organization and Policy. Erwin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of the South (Sewanee), his medical degree from the UAB School of Medicine, a master’s in public health from John Hopkins University and a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina. He is certified in internal medicine, public health and preventive medicine, and a leader in establishing formal Academic Health Department collaboratives with public health practice partners. Prior to becoming dean in 2018, Erwin was the Department Head for Public Health at the University of Tennessee, where he served for 11 years. Before joining academia, he was director of the East Tennessee Regional Health Office for the Tennessee Department of Health, overseeing 15 county health departments, mostly in rural Appalachia. He is an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health and a member of the editorial boards for Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba Review and the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 Evidence-based public health provided through local health departments: Importance of academic-practice partnershipsAmerican Journal of Public Health.  109:739-747. 2019
    2019 Mass exodus of state health department deputies and senior management threatens institutional stabilityAmerican Journal of Public Health.  109:681-683. 2019
    2019 Public health undergraduates in the workforce: A trickle, soon a wave?American Journal of Public Health.  109:685-687. 2019
    2019 The state of the US governmental public health workforce, 2014–2017American Journal of Public Health.  109:674-680. 2019
    2018 Disaster preparedness and response: Who will fund?American Journal of Public Health.  108:S351-S352. 2018
    2018 Preparing public health professionals to make evidence-based decisions: A comparison of training delivery methods in the United StatesFrontiers in Public Health.  6. 2018
    2018 Toward optimal implementation of cancer prevention and control programs in public health: A study protocol on mis-implementationImplementation Science.  13. 2018
    2017 In Memoriam: John H. (Jack) Bryant, MD, 1925–2017American Journal of Public Health.  107:1747-1749. 2017
    2017 Despair in the American Heartland? A focus on rural healthAmerican Journal of Public Health.  107:1533-1534. 2017
    2017 Development of a research agenda focused on academic health departmentsAmerican Journal of Public Health.  107:1369-1375. 2017
    2017 The public health practitioner of the futureAmerican Journal of Public Health.  107:1227-1232. 2017
    2017 Tracking the impact of policy changes on public health practiceAmerican Journal of Public Health.  107:653-654. 2017
    2017 Macro Trends and the Future of Public Health PracticeAnnual Review of Public Health.  38:393-412. 2017
    2016 Challenges and innovations in surveying the governmental public health workforceAmerican Journal of Public Health.  106:1967-1974. 2016
    2015 Implementing administrative evidence based practices: Lessons from the field in six local health departments across the United StatesBMC Health Services Research.  15. 2015
    2015 Forces of changeAmerican Journal of Public Health.  105:836. 2015
    2015 Understanding Mis-implementation in public health practiceAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  48:543-551. 2015
    2015 A matter of perspective: Seeing Cuban and United States health systems through a cultural lensAmerican Journal of Public Health.  105:1509-1511. 2015
    2015 Public health and Cuba: Trading on a two-way streetAmerican Journal of Public Health.  105:S559-S562. 2015
    2014 Capacity building for evidence-based decision making in local health departments: Scaling up an effective training approachImplementation Science.  9. 2014
    2014 Local health departments and the 2008 recession: Characteristics of resiliencyAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  46:559-568. 2014
    2014 Understanding administrative evidence-based practices: Findings from a survey of local health department leadersAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  46:49-57. 2014
    2013 Estimated energy expenditures for school-based policies and active livingAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  44:108-113. 2013
    2012 Addressing social determinants of health by integrating assessment of caregiver-child attachment into community based primary health care in urban KenyaInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  9:3588-3598. 2012
    2012 Fostering more-effective public health by identifying administrative evidence-based practices: A review of the literatureAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  43:309-319. 2012
    2011 The association of changes in local health department resources with changes in state-level health outcomes.American Journal of Public Health.  101:609-615. 2011
    2008 Poverty in America: How public health practice can make a differenceAmerican Journal of Public Health.  98:1570-1572. 2008
    2006 Family outbreaks of invasive community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection.Clinical Infectious Diseases.  42. 2006
    2004 Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission from human to canine [3]Emerging Infectious Diseases.  10:2258-2260. 2004
    2003 Clinical comparisons of la Crosse encephalitis and enteroviral central nervous system infections in a pediatric population: 2001 Surveillance in East TennesseeAmerican Journal of Infection Control.  31:508-510. 2003
    2002 La Crosse encephalitis in eastern Tennessee: Clinical, environmental, and entomological characteristics from a blinded cohort studyAmerican Journal of Epidemiology.  155:1060-1065. 2002
    2001 First isolation of La Crosse virus from naturally infected Aedes albopictusEmerging Infectious Diseases.  7:807-811. 2001
    2000 Serological survey and active surveillance for La Crosse virus infections among children in TennesseeClinical Infectious Diseases.  31:1284-1287. 2000
    1999 Carriage of multidrug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae and impact of chemoprophylaxis during an outbreak of meningitis at a day care centerClinical Infectious Diseases.  29:1257-1264. 1999
    1999 Newly recognized focus of La Crosse encephalitis in TennesseeClinical Infectious Diseases.  28:93-97. 1999
    1997 An outbreak of multidrug resistant pneumococcal meningitis in a day care centerClinical Infectious Diseases.  25:361. 1997
    1994 To use or not use combined hormonal oral contraceptives during lactationFamily Planning Perspectives.  26:26-30. 1994


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    2016 Scutchfield and Keck's Principles of Public Health Practice 2016


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    2017 A Case Study on Implementation of Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships. 2017

    Research Overview

  • Erwin’s research interests include evidence-based public health; health disparities, particularly in rural areas; the public health workforce; academic-public health practice collaboratives; and the Cuban health system.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2009
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1983
  • Full Name

  • Paul Erwin