Melvena Wilson, Ph.D., MPH, CHES

Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Health Education & Behavior

  • DrPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education, Florida A&M University (2009)
  • MPH Community Health Education, University of Florida (2002)
  • B.S. in Health Promotion and Wellness, University of Florida (2000)

Contact Info

FLG 175
P.O. Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611-8210
(352) 294-5416 |


Dr. Wilson earned her doctoral degree from Florida A & M University (FAMU) in 2009. She is an alumna of the College of Health and Human Performance (HHP), having received both her master’s and bachelors MPH in Community Health Education from UF and a BS in Health Science Education – Health Promotion also from UF.

Before coming to UF Dr. Wilson worked as a Assistant Professor and Program Director at Tuskegee University’s MPH and helped the program receive CEPH accreditation. She served as Chair of Dillard University’s (NOLA) School of Public Health prior to this. Dr. Wilson has a vast knowledge of public health and health education, including having worked at the Florida Department of Health as Assistant Director for the Office of Minority Health, in the Office of Communications as a statewide PIO trainer and having served as Student Health Services Outreach coordinator and HIV Clinic Coordinator for FAMU and FSU.

Dr Wilson is the Founder of Center for Research on Health Equity, Inc. which is a advocacy and educational nonprofit which disseminates health education and programs virtually and face to face, to improve the health of minorities and prevent chronic disease, while advocating and working for health equity.

Research Interests

  • Minority Health
  • Obesity
  • Sexual Health/ HIV
  • CBPR - Community-based participatory research
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Equity


  • HSC 3102: Personal & Family Health
  • HSC 3032: Foundations
  • HSC 4713Planning and Evaluation