Julie Kapp, PhD


University of Missouri researcher Dr. Julie Kapp has made a career of fighting disease and improving health.

Kapp’s research spans the fields of public health, health program and policy evaluation, health promotion, disease prevention (particularly cancer) and the study of disease, known as epidemiology. Through her work, she strives to answer several questions: is progress being made in U.S. population health? How can the interface between primary care and public health be improved?

As a faculty member at MU, Kapp has filled several notable roles. Among other appointments, she served as director of the university’s Health and Behavioral Risk Research Center (2005–2007), conducted breast cancer research as a Margaret Proctor Mulligan Faculty Scholar (2009–2012) and directed the Partnership for Evaluation, Assessment and Research (2012–2014).

Kapp has served as a National Institutes of Health grant reviewer, an associate editor for BMC Cancer, and a journal reviewer for such notable titles as Cancer, International Journal of Cancer and The Lancet. She was one of 14 fellows nationally selected into the Malcolm Baldrige Executive Fellows Program, a nationally ranked development experience for leaders working at high levels.

Dr. Julie Kapp is an associate professor of health management and informatics in the School of Medicine. She also serves as the population health research lead for NextGen, MU’s precision health initiative.

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Academic Information

Associate Professor
P. 573-882-6178

Research Interests

  • Study of population health progression in the U.S.
  • Effective implementation of population health components in the Affordable Care Act
  • Improving health behaviors and health outcomes using systems thinking
  • Improving the interface between primary care and public health

Areas of Expertise

  • application of systems-science to design effective systems for population health improvement

Education & Training

Post-Graduate School

MPH, PhD, Public Health, Saint Louis University