University of Evansville

Public Health

Students in UE's public health program learn about issues that impact population health, global health, environmental health, various other issues, preparing them for careers in the growing generation of public health professionals.



Posted: November 24, 2014

Currently, almost 20% of all energy consumption in the US is used for personal transportation. Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi weighs in as this program takes a look at what individuals and the community can do to reduce the level of energy consumption for transportation and reduce transportation related pollution.

In-Depth: Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi and Eric Stoessel Talk Ebola Preparations with Brad Byrd

Posted: October 27, 2014

Brad Byrd sits down with Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, the Director of Public Health at the University of Evansville, and Eric Stoessel, a public health major at UE, to talk more about the latest developments involving Ebola and how agencies are preparing for a possible outbreak in case the disease reaches the Tri-State.

In-Depth: Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi Talks Gluten Risks with Brad Byrd

Posted: August 13, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration announced it is now enforcing a rule that foods labeled "gluten free" must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. So, what exactly does this mean to the millions of people who are gluten intolerant or who have celiac disease?

Brad Byrd talks with Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, the Director of Public Health at the University of Evansville, about some important facts about gluten.

In-Depth: Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi Breaks Down Ebola with Brad Byrd

Posted: August 5, 2014

The World Health Organization says Ebola has infected more than 1,600 people and killed nearly 900 in west African countries.

Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, the Director of Public Health at the University of Evansville, talks with Brad Byrd on important facts Americans need to know about the Ebola virus.

In-Depth: Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi Shares MERS Facts with Brad Byrd

Posted: May 5, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of the virus in the U.S. last week, a doctor from Saudi Arabia who has been hospitalized in Munster, Indiana near Chicago.

Brad Byrd is joined tonight by Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, the Director of Public Health at the University of Evansville, to discuss some important facts about MERS.

UE Students Compete in National Undergraduate Public Health Scholar Bowl

Posted: April 22, 2013

Congratulations to Cyril Patra, Eric Stoessel, and Michaela Tussey, who traveled to St. Louis this past weekend to compete in the National Undergraduate Public Health Scholar Bowl. The competition consisted of a trivia challenge and case study presentation. The team's faculty advisor, Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, notes that the students performed extremely well and were great representatives for UE!

Public Health Program to Offer Nutrition Emphasis

Posted: March 27, 2013

Students interested in studying public health at the University of Evansville now have the opportunity to specialize in nutrition.

The nutrition emphasis was approved last week by UE’s curriculum committee and involves the creation of two new courses in the existing public health program: Public Health Nutrition and Food Science.

“With the ongoing cultural shift toward preventive care and wellness, the University of Evansville has seen a significant increase in the number of students interested in studying nutrition,” said Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, DrPH, assistant professor and director of the public health program. “Nutrition is a key part of public health, and the need for trained professionals in this field has never been greater. We’re excited to be at the forefront of this effort and prepare students for careers that make a significant impact on individual and community needs.”

A Bachelor of Science in public health with an emphasis in nutrition will prepare students for diverse employment opportunities with state and local health departments, health and school systems, government agencies, universities and research institutions, wellness centers, and consulting firms, to name a few. The program will also prepare students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in fields including physical therapy, public health, health services administration, dietetics, and health education.

For more information on the public health program and the new nutrition emphasis, please contact program director Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi at 812-488-2210 or visit

Members of the media interested in scheduling an interview with Patel-Dovlatabadi may contact Kristen Lund, director of news services, at 812-488-2241.