Julie Kapp, PhD


Julie M. Kapp, MPH, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Her formal training is in epidemiology and public health. She is nationally recognized by the American College of Epidemiology as a fellow for her significant and sustained contributions to the field, and as a Malcolm Baldrige Executive Fellow, a competitive distinction bestowed by the U.S. Department of Commerce Undersecretary for Standards & Technology.

Her research has been highlighted in The New York Times, Psychology Today, USA Today, and Yahoo! Health, among other outlets. Her intellectual contributions have been funded by the NCI, NSF, CDC, NIDDK, and NCATS, among others. Her research has been awarded first place in the World Standards Day paper competition. She currently has the most downloaded paper in Annals of Epidemiology. She has been recognized with a shared governance award by the University of Missouri campus, and recognized multiple times as professor of the year by her graduate students. In her research, teaching, service, and leadership, she is passionate about understanding what is effective for impact. Her research focuses on identifying effective modifiable mechanisms of chronic disease prevention. She is currently applying these ideas to three areas of research: early childhood obesity, kombucha and the microbiome, and population health systems.

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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