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_April2015.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 for over 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.   Dr. Chesnut is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, teaching rural health professionals from across the nation in a special certificate program funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA).  This program, created in partnership with the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health in 2009, reaches out to rural and tribal public health professionals who are unable to access graduate public health classes due to their rural residence.   Dr. Chesnut also directs the University of Kentucky Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health.

Her research interests include rural health disparities, perinatal epidemiology, oral health, maternal mortality, birthweight 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. Dr. Chesnut’s research also includes the history of maternal and child health care for both Native Americans and people of the First Nations in Canada.