• 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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    2022 COVID-19 Vaccine Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices in Alabama: The Case for Primary Health Care ProvidersJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  28:631-638. 2022
    2022 Exploring the Preliminary Steps of One County Health Department to Manage the COVID-19 PandemicJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  28:667-673. 2022
    2022 The Value and Impacts of Academic Public Health Departments.Annual Review of Public Health2022
    2022 Experiences of United States Graduates at the Latin American Medical School in Cuba: A Road Less TraveledJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  33:790-805. 2022
    2022 Powell et al. RespondAmerican Journal of Public Health.  112:E4-E5. 2022
    2022 Educated Citizenry or Workforce Pipeline Development? Questions for the Future of Undergraduate Public Health in the United StatesAmerican Journal of Public Health.  112:582-585. 2022
    2022 Understanding Misimplementation in U.S. State Health Departments: An Agent-Based ModelAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine2022
    2021 Comparing the COVID-19 Responses in Cuba and the United StatesAmerican Journal of Public Health.  111:2186-2193. 2021
    2021 COVID-19, Racism, and Public Health InfrastructureAmerican Journal of Public Health.  111:S172. 2021
    2021 Long-Term Evaluation of a Course on Evidence-Based Public Health in the U.S. and EuropeAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  61:299-307. 2021
    2021 Understanding the Differences in COVID-19 Case Fatality Rates Observed across Alabama CountiesJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  27:305-309. 2021
    2021 Different Responses to COVID-19 in Four US States: Washington, New York, Missouri, and AlabamaAmerican Journal of Public Health.  111:647-651. 2021
    2021 Lessons From the Pandemic: What Is Wrong and What Is Fixable in US Health Policy and Practice?American Journal of Public Health.  111:540-541. 2021
    2020 Covid-19's impact on women: A stakeholder-engagement approach to increase public awareness through virtual town hallsJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  26:534-538. 2020
    2020 The national academy of medicine should convene a new “future of public health”American Journal of Public Health.  110:1611-1612. 2020
    2020 A public health lens on rural healthAmerican Journal of Public Health.  110:1275-1276. 2020
    2020 Erratum: Rural Public Health: A New Frontier? (American Journal of Public Health DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0234334)American Journal of Public Health.  110:1274. 2020
    2020 Master’s-Level Education in the Governmental Public Health WorkforcePublic Health Reports.  135:650-657. 2020
    2020 The association between evidence-based decision making and accreditation of state health departmentsJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  26:419-427. 2020
    2020 COVID-19's Impact on the African American Community: A Stakeholder Engagement Approach to Increase Public Awareness through Virtual Town HallsHealth Equity.  4:320-325. 2020
    2020 We can choose not to failJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  26:314-316. 2020
    2020 The effects of neonatal abstinence syndrome on learning disorders and language delay from birth to 10 yearsJournal of Pediatric Nursing.  51:67-74. 2020
    2020 The Association Between Evidence-Based Decision Making and Accreditation of State Health Departments.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.  26:419-427. 2020
    2020 Vaccination achievements of cuba versus the United States exposed by the 2019 measles epidemicAmerican Journal of Public Health.  110:467-469. 2020
    2019 Single-Payer, Multiple-Payer, and State-Based Financing of Health Care: Introduction to the Special SectionAmerican Journal of Public Health.  109:1482-1483. 2019
    2019 Implications of Tennessee's Opioid Legislation for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome 2019
    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
    2019 The Academic Health Department: Aging Gracefully?Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.  25:32-33. 2019
    2018 Disaster preparedness and response: Who will fund?American Journal of Public Health.  108:S351-S352. 2018
    2018 Neonatal abstinence syndrome and neurodevelopmental health outcomes: A state of the scienceJournal of Neonatal Nursing.  24:242-246. 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 Mid-level practitioners in oral health: Tennessee dental professional’s attitudes and perceptions of the dental therapist workforce modelJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  29:997-1010. 2018
    2018 Toward optimal implementation of cancer prevention and control programs in public health: A study protocol on mis-implementationImplementation Science.  13. 2018
    2018 Public Health Agency Accreditation among Rural Local Health Departments: Influencers and BarriersJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  24:49-56. 2018
    2017 In Memoriam: John H. (Jack) Bryant, MD, 1925–2017American Journal of Public Health.  107:1747-1749. 2017
    2017 Neonatal abstinence syndrome in East Tennessee: Characteristics and risk factors among mothers and infants in one area of appalachiaJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  28:1393-1408. 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
    2017 A Population Health Driver Diagram to Address Neonatal Abstinence SyndromeJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  23:e21-e24. 2017
    2017 Functional characteristics of health coalitions in local public health systems: Exploring the function of county health councils in TennesseeJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  23:404-409. 2017
    2017 Intentional Paradigm Change: A Case Study on Implementation of Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.  23:627-637. 2017
    2016 Challenges and innovations in surveying the governmental public health workforceAmerican Journal of Public Health.  106:1967-1974. 2016
    2016 Do racial inequities in infant mortality correspond to variations in societal conditions? A study of state-level income inequality in the U.S., 1992–2007Social Science and Medicine.  164:49-58. 2016
    2016 The US Cancer Moonshot initiative 2016
    2016 A Logic Model for Evaluating the Academic Health DepartmentJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  22:182-189. 2016
    2016 Characteristics of Academic Health Departments: Initial Findings from a Cross-Sectional SurveyJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  22:190-193. 2016
    2016 The Academic Health Department: Academic-Practice Partnerships Among Accredited U.S. Schools and Programs of Public Health, 2015.Public Health Reports.  131:630-636. 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 Public health and Cuba: Trading on a two-way streetAmerican Journal of Public Health.  105:S559-S562. 2015
    2015 A matter of perspective: Seeing cuban and United States' health systems through a cultural lensJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  21:419-421. 2015
    2015 Pediatricians and the Oral Health Needs of Children: One Potential Means for Reducing Oral Healthcare InequitiesThe Journal of the Tennessee Dental Association.  95. 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 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 Does higher income income inequality adversely influence infant mortality rates? Reconciling descriptive patterns and recent research findingsSocial Science and Medicine.  131:82-88. 2015
    2015 The diffusion of evidence-based decision making among local health department practitioners in the United StatesJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  21:134-140. 2015
    2014 Capacity building for evidence-based decision making in local health departments: Scaling up an effective training approachImplementation Science.  9. 2014
    2014 Evidence-based public health practice among program managers in local public health departmentsJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  20:472-480. 2014
    2014 Forming an academic health department: A case exampleJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  20:304-309. 2014
    2014 Local health department and academic institution linkages for community health assessment and improvement processes: A national overview and local case studyJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  20:349-355. 2014
    2014 Local health departments and the 2008 recession: Characteristics of resiliencyAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  46:559-568. 2014
    2014 The academic health department: The process of maturationJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  20:270-277. 2014
    2014 The pattern of association between U.S. economic indicators and infant mortality rates at the state levelJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  25:1432-1448. 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 Data synthesis in community health assessment: Practical examples from the fieldJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  19:468-474. 2013
    2013 Estimated energy expenditures for school-based policies and active livingAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  44:108-113. 2013
    2012 Information-seeking behaviors and other factors contributing to successful implementation of evidence-based practices in local health departmentsJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  18:571-576. 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
    2012 A survey of Tennessee veterinarian and physician attitudes, knowledge, and practices regarding zoonoses prevention among animal owners with HIV infection or AIDSJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  240:1432-1440. 2012
    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 Resources that may matter: The impact of local health department expenditures on health statusPublic Health Reports.  127:89-95. 2012
    2012 Tennessee's county health councils: partnerships to improve the public's health.Tennessee medicine : journal of the Tennessee Medical Association.  105. 2012
    2011 State responses to America's health rankings: The search for meaning, utility, and valueJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  17:406-412. 2011
    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
    2010 Health disparities in rural areas: Te interaction of race, socioeconomic status geographyJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.  21:931-945. 2010
    2009 A self-assessment process for accreditation preparedness: A practical example for local health departmentsJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  15:503-508. 2009
    2009 A shot in the rear, not a shot in the dark: Application of a mass clinic framework in a public health emergencyPublic Health Reports.  124:212-216. 2009
    2008 Poverty in America: How public health practice can make a differenceAmerican Journal of Public Health.  98:1570-1572. 2008
    2008 The performance of local health departments: a review of the literatureJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  14. 2008
    2008 The physician as public health officer.The West Virginia medical journal.  104:38-39. 2008
    2006 Family outbreaks of invasive community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection.Clinical Infectious Diseases.  42. 2006
    2006 The local public health system assessment of MAPP/the national public health performance standards local tool: A community-based, public health practice and academic collaborative approach to implementationJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  12:528-532. 2006
    2005 Molecular epidemiology of foodborne hepatitis A outbreaks in the United States, 2003Journal of Infectious Diseases.  192:1323-1330. 2005
    2005 Students in the communityJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  11:437-441. 2005
    2005 Students in the community: MAPP as a framework for academic-public health practice linkages.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.  11:437-441. 2005
    2004 Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission from human to canine [3] 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
    2003 Trichinellosis associated with bear meat – New York and Tennessee, 2003 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 albopictus 2001
    2000 Health assessment of the East Tennessee region: a simplified approach, using maps.Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.  6:89-93. 2000
    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
    1999 Physician reporting of communicable diseases in east Tennessee: implications for statewide underreporting.Tennessee medicine : journal of the Tennessee Medical Association.  92:61-62. 1999
    1997 An outbreak of multidrug resistant pneumococcal meningitis in a day care centerClinical Infectious Diseases.  25:361. 1997
    1996 Health Planning and Health Care for the Poor:: The Internal Ethic of Public HealthSocial Work in Public Health.  7:47-63. 1996
    1996 Outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection--Georgia and Tennessee, June 1995. From the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionJournal of the American Medical Association.  275:1150-1151. 1996
    1994 To use or not use combined hormonal oral contraceptives during lactationPerspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.  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