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Interim Chair & Associate Professor of Public Health

Specialty: Public Health - Health Systems Management

Office Location: PSB, Room 110B

Office Telephone Number: 504-816-4379

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Courses Taught

PBH103: Environmental Health

PBH205: Introduction to Health Systems Management
PBH206: Introduction to Community Health Education
PBH202: Epidemiology
PBH301: Needs Assessment in Public Health
PBH306: Scientific Communication (Medical Terminology)

PBH307: Research Methodology
PBH401: Health Program Planning and Evaluation
PBH405: Leadership Theory and Practice

Research and/or Teaching Interests: 
Health Disparity, Diabetes Prevention and Tobacco Prevention 

University Service:
University Faculty Senate, Senator
University Faculty Senate, Secretary

University Academic Responsibilities, Grievance, and Ethics Committee - member

University Curriculum Committee - member

Student Public Health Club, Faculty Advisor

Student Fresh Campus Club Faculty Advisor
Division of Natural Sciences and Public Health Website Committee, member
Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society, member in the Psi Chapter

Consultant – Evaluation consultant for the “Make Yours A Fresh Start (MYFSF)

Grant Reviewer – Bureau of Primary Care & Rural Health, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals

Abstract Reviewer – 2012 National Conference on Tobacco or Health

Professional Affiliations:
American Public Health Association, member since 1995
Association for Undergraduate Program in Health Administration, member since 2005

Selected Publications:
Anbesaw Selassie, DrPH, Leah Snipe, Kendra.L. Focht, CScD, CCC-SLP, and Wodajo Welldaregay, MPH, DrPH. (2013). Baseline Prevalence of Heart Diseases, Hypertension, Diabetes and Obesity in Persons with Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Potential Threats in the Recovery Trajectory. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 2013;19(3):172-182.

Selassie AW, Varma A, Saunders LL, Welldaregay W. (2012). Determinants of in-hospital death after acute spinal cord injury: a population-based study. Spinal Cord (2012 Jul 31) 00, 1-7.

Sharon W. Hutchinson, Sheila Haynes, Pamela Parker, Betty Dennis, Carlen McLin, and Wodajo Welldaregay. 2011. Implementing a Multidisciplinary Disaster Simulation for Undergraduate Nursing Students. Nursing Education Perspectives, July/August, Vol. 32 No. 4; pp240-243.

Gloria C. Love, Wodajo Welldaregay, Hong Dai, Willie Kirkland, and Carlen McLin. (2008). A Katrina Recovery Initiative: Dillard University Student Projects, January-July 2006. The Journal of African American History; Summer 2008; 93, 3; pg. 402.

Moustafa Younis, DrPH, MBA, Wodajo Welldaregay, DrPH, MPH, Emeka Nwagwu, PhD. 2005. Lessons Learned: Innovations in the Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services to African-Americans Using Community Coalition Development. The Jackson State University Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Winter 2004-2005, Volume XIX, Number 4, Special edition.

Weimar SM, MD, Dise TL, MD, Evers PB, MD, Ortiz MA, MD, Welldaregay W, DrPH, MPH, Steinmann, WC, MD, M.Sc. Prevalence, Predictors, and Attitudes Toward Co-sleeping in an Urban Pediatric Center. Clin Pediatr., 2002;41:433-438.

Selected Presentations:

Wodajo Welldaregay, DrPH, MPH, Alaina Smith (Graduating senior). (2012). Type 2 Diabetes Risk and Knowledge Level Among African American Communities in New Orleans, Louisiana. Fifth Health Disparities Conference, March 6-8, 2012, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wodajo Welldaregay, DrPH, MPH. (2010). Diabetes risk, knowledge, and attitude among HBCU college students:

An exploratory study. Poster presentation at the Seventh National HBCU Faculty Development Conference, October 21-23, 2010, New Orleans.

Wodajo Welldaregay, DrPH, ; Carlen McLin, DrPH; Sharanie Smith, Student College Students on Tobacco Use, Control Policies, and Media Exposure: An HBCU Experience. Poster presentation at the 2007 National Conference on Tobacco or Health, October 24-26, 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Wodajo Welldaregay, DrPH, ; Carlen McLin, DrPH; Willie Kirkland, PhD; Sharanie Smith, Student. Students’ Opinion on Tobacco Control Policies: An HBCU Experience. Poster presentation at American Public Health Association 135th Meeting. November 3-7, 2007, Washington D.C.

Carlen L. McLin, DrPH, Wodajo Welldaregay, DrPH, Yoruba Baltip-Coleman, MPH, Sharon Hutchinson, PhD, Sheila Haynes, MN, Pamela Parker, MN, Keith Weismar, PhD, Ronald Murphy, PhD. Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergencies Preparedness training for Undergraduate Health Care Majors. Oral Presentation at 134th Annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, November 6, 2006.

Rebecca L. Majdoch, MPH., Wodajo Welldaregay, DrPH, MPH. Maternal Smoking in the Perinatal Period: An Analysis of Readiness to Quit. Poster Presentation at 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, December, 2005.

Selected Grants/Awards:
“Smoke Free Campus Initiative” a tobacco use prevention grant from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living (TFL) renewed every academic year since July, 2005 to present.

Title: “Enhancement of Public Health Curriculum and Instruction through the Public Health Dry Laboratory”

  • Funding Agency: Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Funding Level:  $69,679
  • Duration: July 2007-June 2008
  • Others: Carlen McLin, PI, Wodajo Welldaregay, CoPI
  • The aim of the project is to enhance student’s quality of study and increase their chances of entering and succeeding in graduate public health programs and/or the public health job market.

Mini-grant, Diabetes Risk Assessment at an HBCU Campus funded by Dillard University, UNCF Mellon Foundation grant, Spring 2010.

NIH Center for Minority Health and Health Disparity grant, PI, Dr. Betty Dennis, 2010-2014. I am a member of the research team of the center and get my salary support from the center grant.

Diabetes Risk and Knowledge Level in an Urban Community: A Baseline Study, Gentilly Center for Health Disparity and Prevention, Dillard University, May 2011.


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