College of Public Health students graduating

Lorie Chesnut DrPH

Department: Epidemiology

Title: Assistant Professor

Email Address:

Phone: (859) 218-2226

Location: CPH 209C

CV: Chesnut-Lorie-CV-Nov-2015.pdf

Dr. Lorie Wayne Chesnut, is a faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health. Prior to joining the department, she worked in the field of maternal and child health (MCH) epidemiology, program coordination and policy development for more than fifteen years, initially for the Kentucky March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and later for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. During her time at the state office, she coordinated reporting for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant through the federal Title V Information System, worked as an epidemiologist in Kentucky’s oral health program and wrote numerous federal grants.

Dr. Chesnut completed her doctorate (2012) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership Program, under the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. She also received her MPH from the University of Kentucky (2005) with a focus in epidemiology. 

Classes that she teaches include Perinatal Epidemiology, MCH Information & Data Systems and Managerial Epidemiology.  A frequent guest speaker, she lectures on American Indian/Alaskan Native health disparities, ethics, and public policy.  Dr. Chesnut also directs the University of Kentucky Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health and is primary advisor for all MPH students concentrating in the field of epidemiology.  Additionally, she consults with the Kentucky Department for Public Health on matters involving qualitative and quantitative MCH data collection and analysis.  She is also a frequent grant reviewer for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Rockville, MD. 

Her public health interests include rural health disparities, perinatal epidemiology, maternal mortality, birth weight distribution, preterm birth and surveillance. While primarily addressing issues pertaining to data collection and analysis, she is also working to improve federal and state systems of care for American Indian and Alaskan Native women, infants, and children through enhanced visibility, system integration and expanded resources for both tribal governments and state offices.