ASPPH Teaching Excellence Award

This annual award is given to graduate public health faculty who are noted for their excellence in teaching, research, and mentorship. It is designed to bring visibility to one outstanding faculty member and to reward him or her for leading students toward distinction in public health research, teaching, and practice.

2020 Winner

Karin B. Yeatts, PhD

University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dr. Yeatt’s distinction in teaching is evident across many contexts and over time. For more than 25 years, Dr. Yeatts has been an outstanding mentor and teacher for generations of students at the Gillings School, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in public health, epidemiology, environmental sciences and engineering. Dr. Yeatts also introduces epidemiology to non-traditional students. She was among the first in the profession to develop a Massive Open Online Course in Epidemiology. Initiated in 2013 (and currently one of only two epidemiology MOOCs worldwide), this course has enrolled over 106,000 students from across the US and in 45 countries. To date, 8,380 students have completed the course. This is true –and continuing –service to the world.

One of her nominators commented: “Dr. Yeatts is directly influencing the trajectories of the more than 350 residential and online MPH students who enroll in the program each year and is influencing the future of public health practice through her role in helping to shape these practitioners-in-training.”