Public Health Faculty and Staff


Erin Bouldin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Epidemiology
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall, 427
(828) 262-6892

Dr. Bouldin uses her training in public health and epidemiology to measure health and function, including physical and cognitive domains, among middle-aged and older adults with an emphasis on people living in rural areas. Her research is motivated by an interest in identifying factors at multiple levels of the social-ecological framework that influence health and function and intervening to reduce impairments and improve population health and participation. Currently, Dr. Bouldin is working on projects that estimate the prevalence and impacts of subjective cognitive decline, investigate the relationship between physical and cognitive health, and identify factors associated with caregivers effectively supporting self-care among people with chronic health conditions. She teaches epidemiology, implementation science, and biostatistics. Learn More.


Richard Christiana
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Health Promotion and Behavior
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall, 424
(828) 262-6335

Dr. Christiana obtained a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University at Albany (Albany, NY), a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), and completed 2-years of postdoctoral training at the University of Georgia prior to joining the faculty within the Department of Health & Exercise Science in 2014. His research interests focus on improving children’s health through the promotion of physical activity and time spent in the outdoors. Dr. Christiana’s current research projects include Examining the effectiveness of promoting children’s physical activity through physician-written prescriptions for outdoor physical activity and Investigating the effectiveness of college student ambassadors to promote physical activity among college students. Learn More.


Adam Hege
Associate Professor and Public Health Program Director
Ph.D., Public Health Education
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall, 430
(828) 262-7102

Dr. Hege, the Public Health Program Director, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health. He also holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Appalachian State University. A member of the Appalachian State University faculty since 2015, Dr. Hege is currently an Associate Professor in the Public Health program within the Department of Health and Exercise Science. He currently teaches Health Policy, Ethics and Law, and Professional Development in Public Health. His research focus is broadly on health disparities and the underlying social and environmental determinants of health. Specifically, this has included examining disparities among rural populations in the surrounding Appalachia communities in northwestern NC, with a focus on food insecurity, physical inactivity, adverse childhood experiences, and other general quality of life indicators.  In addition, his work examines systems-level and policy-oriented occupational health disparities experienced among U.S. long-haul truck drivers and other transportation workers. Dr. Hege has more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals, co-edited the text Public Health Nutrition: Rural, Urban, and Global Community-Based Practice, has co-authored two text book chapters, and presents annually at national and state conferences. Outside of work, Dr. Hege is married to Jennifer, an United Methodist minister appointed to the Western Conference of North Carolina, who also serves as an Academic Advisor in University College. They have one daughter, Ellie, who is a sixth grader at Blowing Rock School. Dr. Hege is an avid sports fan and golfer, loves to be outdoors, enjoys comedy movies, and just generally loves to hang out with and spend time with his family and friends. Learn More.


Janice Rowe
Senior Lecturer
EdD, Educational Leadership
Convocation Center 072A
(828) 262-7160

Dr. Rowe has a BA from Slippery Rock University, a MA from Appalachian State University, and an EdD from Appalachian State University. She is a certified Red Cross and American Heart Association instructor and is Coordinator of the Emergency Response and CPR classes and laboratory. Learn More.


Christopher Seitz
Assistant Professor
DrPH, Community Health Education
Leon Levine Hall, 431
(828) 262-8907

Chris earned his BS (2006) from Lock Haven University and earned both his MPH (2009) and DrPH (2013) in Community Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has previously taught at two other universities and also completed a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholarship at University College Cork in Ireland. He is interested in researching tobacco-free policies and also public health advocacy via “photovoice” (the community’s use of photography exhibits to ask decision makers for changes to policy and environment). Chris and his wife, Kalen, love to hike and they are the proud parents of an adorable fur-child (cat) named Bella. Learn More.


Colleen Tarantino
Senior Lecturer
MA, Community Counseling
Public Health Internship Coordinator
Leon Levine Hall, 426
(828) 262-6331

Colleen Tarantino is a Senior Lecturer who has been teaching in the program for 18 years.  She holds a BS in Athletic Training/Health Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a MA in Community Counseling from Appalachian State University. She has clinical experience in both Athletic Training and Counseling, and enjoys sharing these experiences in the classroom. Her expertise areas include substance abuse and health behavior. Learn More.


Jennifer Zwetsloot
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Bioenergetics
Graduate Faculty
Leon Levine Hall, 428
(828) 262-6800

Dr. Zwetsloot has a BS and MA in Exercise Physiology/Physical Education from California State University Chico, and a PhD in Bioenergetics from East Carolina University. Her research interests include community-based obesity prevention and metabolic regulation and she is the director of the Metabolic Studies laboratory in the Department of Health and Exercise Science.  She is an advocate for the importance of daily physical activity, and has a particular interest in promoting dance as a healthy activity option for all ages and sizes.  She is married to the “other” Dr. Zwetsloot in Exercise Science and they have two children.  In addition to teaching, she enjoys exploring the mountains with her family and friends. Learn More.