Shannon McMorrow

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Shannon McMorrow
Assistant Professor
(616) 742-5037
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Master of Public Health
Western Michigan University
200 Ionia Street SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 USA
  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Western Michigan University
  • M.P.H., Community Health Education, San Jose State University
  • B.S., Health Appraisal and Enhancement, Miami University
Dr. Shannon McMorrow, Assistant Professor of Public Health, earned her B.S. in Health Appraisal and Enhancement from Miami University (Ohio) in 1997, her MPH in Community Health Education from San Jose State University in 2004, and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Science with a cognate in Global Health from Western Michigan University in 2012.
Her research agenda centers on examining and improving socio-cultural relevance of public health interventions. Dr. McMorrow has published and presented on multiple topics including socio-historical discourse of HIV prevention in Kenyan media, a Photovoice of assessment of obesity determinants for African American teen girls, requiring cultural competency coursework in MPH programs, and building capacity for public health promotion in Uganda. Recent and current funded projects involve community-based participatory research utilizing Photovoice to assess perceptions of health needs of marginalized ground in the U.S. including Congolese refugee women and African American teen girls. 
Prior to coming to Western Michigan University, Dr. McMorrow served as a public health practitioner since 1998, taught public health as a faculty member since 2005, and has worked in diverse and multi-disciplinary settings across multiple U.S. states, Belize, and Uganda. She has engaged in public health service and scholarship on diverse issues including sexual and reproductive health, obstetric fistula, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, health disparities, refugee health and more and has a passion for improving social justice within public health and reducing health disparities.