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Rebecca Cheezum, MPH, PhD

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Title: Chairperson - Public and Environmental Wellness
Associate Professor - Public Health
Office: 3156 Human Health Building
Phone: (248) 364-8681
Fax: (248) 364-8657
E-mail: [email protected]


Educational Background: 
PhD; Health Behavior and Health Education; University of Michigan
MPH; Social Behavioral Sciences; Boston University
BA; Psychology; Bates College

Dr. Cheezum’s research explores the way social and structural factors impact health among vulnerable populations, including low-income communities of color, youth of color, immigrants, and those who have experienced chronic homelessness.  She explores how marginalized communities can advocate for policy change in order to improve their health.  Dr. Cheezum uses a community-based participatory research approach for much of her research, engaging communities in my research throughout the research process.  Dr. Cheezum’s professional background includes community-based youth development and HIV prevention work in Boston, Maine, and the West Indies.

Professional Affiliations:
American Public Health Association

Personal Interests: 
Dr. Cheezum enjoys reading, writing, cooking, baking, hiking, biking, exploring new cities, but most of all, she loves spending time with her family.


School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
[email protected]