Meghan Mason

Program Director for Public Health Undergraduate/Assistant Professor

651-690-6675

mrmason@stkate.edu

My research interests are in zoonotic diseases, infections that transfer from animal to human populations, and in the health of marginalized urban populations. My passion for these two topics stemmed from my time in Kenya and Chile during my MPH and PhD programs. Abroad, I am focused on the importance of free-roaming dogs in the transmission of infectious diseases, and the perceptions of the role of these animals in urban communities. In the Twin Cities, I am interested in better understanding the burden of disease in individuals experiencing homelessness.

In the classroom, you will primarily find me teaching Biostatistics and Epidemiology. I am eager to work with students in strengthening their quantitative skills and translating numbers into meaningful public health messages.

  • Describing zoonotic disease transmission in free-roaming dog populations
  • Measuring the health status of marginalized urban populations and identifying intervention opportunities
  • Deepening the use of mathematical modeling in answering epidemiologic research questions

Ph.D., Epidemiology
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2016
Minor: Biostatistics

Master of Public Health, Epidemiology
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2010
Interdisciplinary Concentration: Global Health

Bachelor of Science, Statistics and International Studies (Magna Cum Laude)
American University, Washington, DC, 2008

President’s Student Leadership and Service Award, University of Minnesota, 2015

Barbara Lee Award for Collaboration in Public Health, Boynton Health Service, 2013

J.B. Hawley Student Research Award, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, 2013

Nominee, President’s Student Leadership and Service Award, 2012, 2013

Walter H. Judd International Graduate Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2009

Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society Inductee, American University, 2008

HLTH 2050 Foundations of Public Health
HLTH 3150 Epidemiology
HLTH 1090 Biostatistics
HLTH 6340 Infectious Diseases
HLTH 4994 Social Determinants of Health in the Caribbean

Clinical Scholars Program, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN
Faculty Mentor – St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center, September 2017 – Present
Selected as a member of an interdisciplinary team to address pain management in the long-term care and transitional care facilities at this Benedictine Health Services site. Responsibilities include participating in literature reviews, program implementation and evaluation, and dissemination of project findings.

Academic Professional Development Committee Grant, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN
Effectiveness of a community running program on the mental, emotional, and physical health of persons experiencing homelessness in an urban area, 2015–2016

Academic Professional Development Committee Grant, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN
Mapping the Microbiome of the Minnesota State Fair, 2014–2015

Driven to Discover Grant, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Munchkins with Microbes, 2014–2015

Academic Professional Development Committee Mini-Grant, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN
Perceptions and behaviors of stray dogs in marginalized urban communities, 2014

J.B. Hawley Grant, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Free-roaming dogs in marginalized urban communities in Chile, 2013–2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, St. Catherine University, 2014–Present

Graduate Research Assistant, Boynton Health Service, University of Minnesota, 2013–2014

Teaching Assistant, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, 2013–2014

Graduate Research Assistant, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, 2010–2013

Mason MR, Encina C, Sreevatsan S, and Muñoz-Zanzi C. Distribution and Diversity of Pathogenic Leptospira Species in Peri-domestic Surface Waters from South Central Chile. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (2016)

Hartwig KA and Mason MR. Community Gardens for Refugee and Immigrant Communities as a Means of Health Promotion. Journal of Community Health. (2016) DOI: 10.1007/s10900-016-0195-5

Mason MR, Gonzalez M, Hodges JS, and Muñoz-Zanzi C. Protective Practices Against Zoonotic Infections Among Rural and Slum Communities from South Central Chile. BMC Public Health. (2015) 15:713. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-1964-2.

Muñoz-Zanzi, C, Mason M, and Berg, S. Household Characteristics Associated with Rodent Presence and Leptospira Infection in Rural and Urban Communities from Southern Chile. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2014; 90 (3):497-506. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0334.

Muñoz-Zanzi C, Mason MR, Encina C, Astroza A, and Romero A. Leptospira. Contamination in Household and Environmental Water in Rural Communities in Southern Chile. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014; 11(7):6666-80. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph110706666.

Katherine Lust Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., David Golden, Meghan Mason M.P.H., Julia Sanem M.P.H., Maria Rudie M.P.H., Minnesota Postsecondary Institutions’ Tobacco-use Policies and Changes in Student Tobacco-use Rates. Statewide health Involvement Program Boynton Health Service. January 2014.

Katherine Lust Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., David Golden, Meghan Mason M.P.H., Julia Sanem M.P.H., Maria Rudie M.P.H., Evaluation of Minnesota College Campus Tobacco Use Policies and Student Tobacco Use Rates. Statewide health Involvement Program Boynton Health Service. September 2013.

Poster Presentation, Mason, M.R., Urbaniak-Lesch, D., Dunens, E.A. Service learning as a practical introduction to public health. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. November 2017.

Poster Presentation, Mason, M.R., Gompper, M.E., Lenhart, S.M., Nally, J.E., Belsare, A.V., Previtali, A., Munoz-Zanzi, C. The role of dogs in the transmission dynamics of leptospirosis in marginalized urban communities: an agent-based model. 14th International Conference on Urban Health. Coimbra, Portugal. September 2017.

Poster Presentation, Hartwig, K.A., Mason, M.R. Gardens, refugees, and churches: Opportunities for renewed health and social connection in an urban environment. Coimbra, Portugal. September 2017.

Oral Presentation, Mason, M. Professional Development in Biostatistics – The Power of a Poster Presentation, American Schools and Programs of Public Health Undergraduate Summit. Arlington, VA. March 2017 (postponed).

Oral Presentation, Hartwig, K. and Mason, M. Converting lawns to gardens: Improving health and food security for new refugees in the U.S., The 4th International One Health Congress & 6th Biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health. Melbourne, Australia. December 2016.

Poster Presentation, Mason, M., Nelson, K. Mile in My Shoes: A running intervention for individuals experiencing homelessness.American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. October 2016.

Oral Presentation, Mason, M., Hartwig, K. Improving Refugee Health and social connectedness through church gardens, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. November 2015.

Oral Presentation, Munoz-Zanzi, C., Mason, M., Galloway, R., Encina, C., Salgado, M., Berg, S., Epidemiology of Leptospirosis in Distinct Community Settings, International Leptospirosis Society, Semrang, Indonesia. October 2015.

Poster Presentation, Mason, M., Lust, K., Sanem, J., Golden, D., Rudie, M., Impact of Smoke-/Tobacco-free Policies on Student Tobacco-Use Rates at Postsecondary Institutions in Minnesota, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. November 2014.

Oral Presentation, Mason, M., Lust, K., Sanem, J., Rudie, M., D.College Campus Tobacco Use Policies and Changes in Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure, North Central College Health Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. October 2014.

Oral Presentation, Mason, M., Munoz-Zanzi, C., Berg, S.,Transmission of Leptospira at the household level: the role of rodents, environmental water, and human behaviors, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease – Principal Investigators Meeting, Athens, GA. March 2013.

Oral Presentation, Mason, M., Singer, R., False Attribution: the effects of bias in probabilistic source attribution models for Salmonella infection, Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, Chicago, IL. December 2012.

Poster Presentation, Mason, M., Munoz-Zanzi, C., Household characteristics associated with rodent presence and Leptospira infection in three community settings in Chile, Zoonotic and Animal Diseases, School of Public Health Research Day, Minneapolis, Minnesota. April 2012.

Poster Presentation, Mason, M., Munoz-Zanzi, C., Household characteristics associated with rodent presence and Leptospira infection in three community settings in Chile, Zoonotic and Animal Diseases, International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Atlanta, Georgia. March 2012.

Poster Presentation, Mason, M., Munoz-Zanzi, C., Diagnostic accuracy of MAT and ELISA assays in the detection of Leptospira in two, low-prevalence, populations, International Health Section, American Public Health Association, Washington, District of Columbia. November 2011.

Poster Presentation, Mason, M., Munoz-Zanzi, C.,Identification of Leptospira strains and modeling of interaction between animal and human hosts and the environment using pairwise sequence alignment, APHA Student Section, American Public Health Association, Washington, District of Columbia. October 2011.

Poster Presentation, Mason, M., Munoz-Zanzi, C., Higgins, B., Diagnostic Accuracy of Serologic Tests for Detection of Leptospirosis Exposure in Low Prevalence Populations, Evolution and Ecology of Infectious Diseases Principal Investigator meeting, Madison, Wisconsin. March 2011.