Julia VanderMolen, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Julia VanderMolen, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Associate Professor
MPH Hybrid Program Coordinator
Master of Public Health program


Dr. Julia VanderMolen is an Associate Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University.  She received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Career and Technical Education from Western Michigan University. She has an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Grand Valley State University, an M.A. in Health Science from the University of Alabama, an M.S. in Biology from Clemson University, and a B.S. in Biology from Western Michigan University.

Her dissertation title, Job Tasks Performed by Career Preparation System Administrators in One Midwestern State: Implications for Leadership Development, received the Journal of Industrial Teacher Education Outstanding Research Manuscript in 2010.

She is a recipient of the 2019 Teaching and Learning with Technology from Grand Valley State University, the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award from Davenport University, and the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award winner for online teaching in health and science in 2012 and 2014.  She has presented at a number of conferences on the topic of assistive technology and accessibility as it relates to public health.

Dr. VanderMolen teaches courses in the Public Health Promotion and Education emphasis, as well as the Introduction to Public Health course. Teaching online is another area of expertise for Dr. VanderMolen as she has taught, designed curriculum, and trained faculty using these technologies for the past 24 years.

The contributions of her research are to examine the benefits of assistive technology, UD and UDL and disabilities in public health. Additionally, Dr. VanderMolen’s recent work has included the benefits of 3D printing for the visually impaired, the concept of universal design as it relates to public health and disability policy.

Dr. VanderMolen currently serves on the funding board for the Children’s Healing Center (CHC) and is a board member of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She is an active member of the Disability section of American Public Health Association (APHA), the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) and GLC-SOPHE Great Lakes Chapter and Michigan Council for Exceptional Children.

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