Cara Pennel, DrPH, MPH
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Public and Population Health
Associate Professor
Department of Population Health and Health Disparities

Physical address:
UHC, Suite 4.208
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX

Mailing address:
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1150

Phone: (409) 772-2288
Fax: (409) 772-5272

  • Dr. Pennel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health, the Director of the Public Health Program, and the Director of Public Health Practice at UTMB. Broadly, her interests and expertise include community health assessment, program planning and evaluation, community engagement, and improved integration of research/scholarship, teaching, and practice. Her educational development and scholarship goals include innovation in practice-based teaching, application of public health knowledge and skills into practice, and engagement in community- and service-based learning. Her research areas are community health assessment and community health improvement planning, particularly as they relate to nonprofit hospitals’ requirements, and projects that build community and academic partnerships using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches. Dr. Pennel and her community partner were selected as members for the 2017-2018 cohort of the CBPR Partnership Academy through University of Michigan and the Detroit Urban Research Center.

    Curriculum Vitae - CV

    • BS, Biology, Central Missouri State University, 1997
    • MPH, Social and Behavioral Health, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, 2003
    • DrPH, Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, 2014
    • Community Health Assessment
    • Community Health Improvement Planning
    • Program Planning and Evaluation
    • Partnership Development/Community Engagement
    • Population Health Improvement
    • Practice-based Teaching
    • Improved Integration of Research, Teaching and Practice
    • Engaging Community and Academic Partners in Community-Based Participatory Research
    • Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health